The Victorian Government is investing $42 million into planning for school infrastructure projects to fast-track the state’s long-term economic recovery hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

Member for Yuroke Ros Spence announced Mickleham Primary School is one of 33 further schools given the green light to start planning for upgrades and new builds under the Infrastructure Planning and Acceleration Fund.

Mickleham Primary School will receive $7.49 million to expand the school’s site and plan for a rebuild.

The Victorian School Building Authority will work with school communities and provide principals and school leaders with ‘Bricks & Mortar’ training, which covers the process schools should follow to successfully manage their project.

Developing detailed designs now will mean these projects will be shovel-ready once capital funding is allocated in a future State Budget.

The Victorian Government is investing an unprecedented $7.2 billion in Victorian school infrastructure, which is delivering more than 1,460 school upgrades and 100 new schools by 2026 – ensuring every child can access a great local school where they can achieve their best.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino

“We are providing students and teachers across the state 21st Century learning facilities to enable them to reach their full potential – that’s why Victoria is the Education State.”

“Planning for school upgrades in the future will provide a much needed boost to our economy as we get on with the post pandemic recover.

Quotes attributable to Member for Yuroke Ros Spence

“Mickleham Primary is a historic and iconic part of our community. We’re ensuring that this important local school is able to provide a terrific education to local kids for decades to come.”

“I’d like to pay tribute to retiring School Principal Sue Crispe, who has been a tireless advocate on behalf of the Mickleham Primary community. I’m very grateful to Sue for her outstanding leadership, and I look forward to working with Acting Principal Julie Le Guen in these exciting months ahead.”