James Merlino meets students at Specimen Hill Primary School.

Two Bendigo schools will build outdoor play areas after being allocated funding through a state government inclusive school program.

Education minister James Merlino announced yesterday at Specimen Hill Primary School that $200,000 will go to the school to build a sensory garden with flowing water, timber, plants, textured pebbles and larger boulders, and a frog pond.

This morning, Bendigo West MP Maree Edwards told students at the Bendigo Special Development School they would get $171,000 to build their own sensory garden.

“These projects are all about giving our primary schools the equipment and infrastructure they need to inspire a lifelong passion for learning for all of their students and to show that disability isn’t a barrier to learning and achieving.

The Inclusive Schools Fund was included in this year’s budget.