Upgrades start for Mooroolbark East Primary School

Mooroolbark East students will soon be able to play on the basketball court all year round. Picture: SUPPLIED.

Better facilities are on their way for students at Mooroolbark East Primary School with works commencing on an important upgrade thanks to the Labor government.

Monbulk MP James Merlino announced on Wednesday 8 September works were underway at Mooroolbark East Primary School to deliver $275,165 towards the construction of a roof over the basketball court, so it can be used as a multipurpose, all-weather sport and learning area.

“Every student should have a great school, no matter where they live. That’s why we’re investing in hundreds of small but important projects that will make a big difference for schools and create jobs for Victorians,” Mr Merlino said.

“We’re making sure that our schools have the best facilities, our classrooms have the best teachers and that every child is given every chance to succeed.

“Mooroolbark East families are a step closer to getting the great local school facilities their kids need to thrive.”

In the past seven years, the Victorian Government has invested more than $10.9 billion in building new schools and more than 1,700 school upgrades, creating around 13,500 jobs in construction and associated industries.

It is now ahead of schedule in its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 62 new schools opening between 2019 and 2024.

While much of this funding went on new schools and significant upgrades to help meet increasing demand, the Minor Capital Works fund is about delivering the small projects that make a big difference while also supporting local jobs.

Projects through the Minor Capital Works Fund will be progressively delivered with all projects to be completed by the end of 2022.

The Victorian Budget 2021/22 invests $20 million in the Minor Capital Works Fund to improve learning spaces as well as the condition and character of schools.

More than 300 Victorian government schools have been allocated funding to fast-track priority projects under the Minor Capital Works Fund to improve learning environments as well as the condition and character of schools.