Students at Emerson School in Dandenong are among those at 90 schools across the state to benefit from having maintenance works carried out at their school, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government.

Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams, today announced that Emerson School will receive $320,000 for high priority works identified in the school’s Specialist Assessment. The works will address roof plumbing and structural issues in areas of the school.

The funding forms part of more than $8.6 million of Planned Maintenance Program funding for essential work to grounds and classrooms such as fixing roofs and windows, painting, resurfacing floors and replacing windows, as well as repairing landscaping like pathways and stairs.

The Planned Maintenance Program provides funding for vital maintenance works based on need. Works are determined via an evaluation system designed to provide up-to-date information on the condition of school infrastructure and create a more timely and targeted allocation of PMP funding. The system also allows for the timely scheduling of works to be completed.

Last year, every Victorian school shared in $515 million as part of the single largest boost to school maintenance ever undertaken.

This funding is ensuring existing buildings at Victoria’s 1,500 state schools are safe, modern, and properly maintained.

In the past five years, the Labor Government has invested more than $9 billion in more than 1,600 school upgrades – creating more than 10,000 construction jobs – and is now ahead of schedule on its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 48 new schools opening between 2019 and 2022.

Quote attributable to Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams

“This investment will ensure that Emerson students will have access to modern and safe spaces in all areas of the school to help them achieve their best.”

Quote attributable to Minister for Education, James Merlino
“This program is about ensuring that every Victorian school is well maintained and safe to provide the best possible environment for students to learn in.”