Ballarat Specialist School is among 78 Victorian schools to share in $5.94 million of Planned Maintenance Program (PMP) funding to help address their maintenance needs.
Ballarat Specialist School will receive $30,000 to undertake essential maintenance including repairs, painting and gutter work.
The PMP provides funding for vital maintenance activities based on need. A new evaluation system was put in place in 2018 to provide more precise information on the condition of school infrastructure to create timely and targeted allocation of PMP funding.
The funding announcement is in addition to the $338,000 the school was allocated last year as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s Massive Maintenance Blitz. This unprecedented investment saw every single Victorian government school share in $515 million for school maintenance.
This important funding enabled Ballarat Specialist School to
- Implement new security upgrades to keep students and staff safe.
- Construct basketball rings in the middle school playground.
- Install air-conditioning in the VET and VCAL classroom spaces.
- Put in an automatic chemical mixing system for the hydrotherapy pool.
- Undertake significant classroom modifications at the Gillies St campus to make the rooms more fit for purpose for middle years learners.
Last year’s Massive Maintenance Blitz funding will also allow the school carry out essential maintenance and ground works, including the construction of a shed, to begin Equine Therapy with the senior school students at the Norman Street campus.
State Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison was at the school last week and also inspected the newly finished inclusive playground which was constructed with a grant of $200,000 from the Andrews Labor Government’s Inclusive Schools Fund. This project saw the conversion of a courtyard into an accessible and inclusive sensory play space complete with rainbow chimes, musical flowers and an inclusive swing.
“This investment is about making sure our schools are well maintained, safe and fit for purpose. We are dedicated to creating a supportive environment where all students can learn and thrive,” Ms Addison said.
“Through our record investment in school infrastructure, we’re supporting our hard-working school principals, teachers and staff, as well as students and families.”