Labor Upper House Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, has secure nearly $7million in funding for the redevelopment of Seymour College.

Ms Symes joined students today to announce Seymour College will reap the benefits of a $6.88 million redevelopment thanks to the Andrews Labor Government funding boost.

Ms Symes has campaigned for the funding to ensure the schools rebuild – not funded or delivered by the former Liberal National Government.

Minister for Education, James Merlino, recently approved the funding as part of the Government’s $2.5 billion investment in school infrastructure across the state.

The project includes a new building for the school’s middle and senior students and an extension for food technology.

It will align closely with another major project being delivered by Labor on the Seymour College site – an integrated community/learning hub.

The hub, which is funded by the State Government and the City of Mitchell, will host a range of activities including Maternal and Child Health services, an Early Learning Centre, extended day care, Allied Health and parenting and community groups.

The Government allocated $3.7 million for the hub through its Shared Facilities Fund which was set up to support schools, local councils and other organisations to develop facilities on school sites that can be shared with the wider community.

“Labor promised we would properly plan and rebuild Seymour College and that is what we are doing,” Ms Symes said.

“These new facilities will provide a big boost to students at Seymour College with great new spaces to enrich their learning experience in and outside the classroom.

“It is part of our Government’s plan to make sure every student has access to the latest facilities and modern teaching to give them a great start in life and I am proud to be delivering for the Seymour community.

“While the National Party could of, should of, would of when in Government, Labor is getting it done and delivering for the Seymour school community.”

The Victorian Government is investing billions of dollars to make Victoria the Education State – a state where every child, in every community, in every school, has access to a great education.

Victoria’s school building boom has delivered more than 1,000 school upgrades and 56 new school projects across the state, supporting almost 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians.

This year alone 10 new Government schools opened, 11 new schools are under construction and 5000 more students are enrolled at new schools.