Six public schools across Indi will benefit from $3.5 million awarded under the Commonwealth Schools Upgrade Fund. The investment will fund vital infrastructure projects that promote safe, modern and inspiring learning environments for primary school students.

Independent Federal Member for Indi Helen Haines informed local schools of the grant opportunity earlier this year and wrote letters of support for some of their submissions.

The second round of the Schools Upgrade Fund was open to all public schools for large-scale capital works projects.“Our young people need safe and modern learning environments to thrive, so it is fantastic to see this funding flow to schools who need it in Indi,” Dr Haines said.

“Upgrades to playgrounds, sports grounds outdoor spaces, and fundamental amenities such as toilets, support student wellbeing and engaged learning experiences.

“This much-needed investment will be enthusiastically welcomed by students, parents and teachers a like.”

Successful grant recipients were prioritised by greatest need, including schools with a high number of students from a low-socio economic backgrounds, First Nations students, and students with special needs.

The funding was awarded to the following Indi primary schools:

  • Euroa Primary School received $968,270 to upgrade the play area with new hard and soft landscaping.
  • Everton Primary School received $431,133to refurbish the school’s toilets.
  • Melrose Primary School received $492,161 for the refurbishment of student toilets to improve amenity.
  • Oxley Primary School received $478,188 for a new outdoor playground and surrounding landscaping.
  • Walwa Primary School received $612,696 to replace hardcourt, including supporting drainage renewal works and replace playground (including shade sail).
  • Wangaratta Primary School received $498,408 for a new multi-purpose covered hardcourt, including resurfacing and installation of sporting rings.

“As your Independent MP, I am delighted to support schools, sporting groups and community groups in pursuit of funding opportunities that build and strengthen our communities,” Dr Haines said.

Further information about Commonwealth grant opportunities can be found on Dr Haines’ website: www.helenhaines.org.

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