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Building school pride in Montrose

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The Victorian Government is giving families in Montrose the first-rate school facilities their children deserve.

Victorian Minister for Education James Merlino visited Billanook Primary School to announce that the school will receive $429,000 from the Government’s School Pride and Sports Fund.

The funding will go towards a sheltered area at the front of Billanook Primary as well as a new pathway, stairs and a ramp into the school’s entrance.

The shelter will provide a sun-safe and weather-proof play area during schools hours and covered area for students waiting for buses or taking shelter from severe weather as they wait to meet parents or carers.

The fund helps strengthen community pride in schools and build sporting facilities for students and is part of the Government’s plan to boost physical activity in our schools.

By 2025, the Government wants a 20 per cent increase in the proportion of kids doing physical activity five times a week.

The Victorian Budget 2017/18 provided an additional $5.8 million for the School Pride and Sports Fund, bringing it to a total of almost $22 million.

This latest funding injection follows maintenance funding of $102,000 in 2016, which is expected will go towards upgrading classrooms and staff facilities.

In 2016 the school was also a successful recipient of a grant of $8,800 from the Inclusive Schools Fund – using the money to build an outdoor sensory area made up of a sensory trail, garden, outdoor kitchen and classroom.

Source: Vic Government

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