SPRING GULLY Primary School and White Hills Primary School students were recipients on a day reserved for announcing regional education funding ahead of the May state government budget.
Bendigo East MP Jacinta Allan visited the latter to announce $500,000 that will go into master planning leading to expansion work as the schools north of the Bendigo struggle to cope with the residential growth in the city’s northern corridor.
“It is a big school, there are over 600 students on site, the site is quite constrained so we need to plan for new buildings and to do that properly the school is being funded for this master planning work,” Ms Allan said.
The nearby Epsom Primary School has nearly completed a new $5 million school building that will cater for extra numbers expected to enrol there as new families settle in the region.
At Spring Gully, where the planning work has finished and more than $5m for construction was set aside in the last budget, the school will receive another $2m this year to continue upgrading junior and middle years learning areas, staff and administration spaces.
Almost $12m was allocated to Castlemaine Secondary College to continue ongoing staged works, and complete the performing arts precinct.
Schools at Dunolly and Kerang also received funds to upgrade facilities.