Ripon schools to share in $3.5 million in funding

Talbot Primary School students Sierra James, Billie Taylor-Irwin, Kenneth Arcilla, Tess Miller, Jai Jamieson and principal Chrissy Drummond couldnʼt be happier with the announcement, which will see more than $102,000 make its way to the school.

Each Victorian state school will share in more than $515 million over the next two years, the single largest boost to maintenance funding ever announced, and local schools are set to reap the rewards.

Announced this week, local schools will soon see their budgets bolstered as the electorate of Ripon, which incorporates the Central Goldfields Shire, is set to receive the largest amount of funding in Western Victoria, some $3.5 million from the State Government.

The Central Goldfields Shire’s six state schools will each share in a huge $627,000 in funding, with the biggest winners being the Maryborough Education Centre (MEC) with close to $320,000, followed by Talbot Primary School ($102,699), Dunolly Primary School ($68,288) and Carisbrook Primary School ($63,055).

MEC principal David Sutton said he’s “thrilled” with the announcement.

“We’ve been on this site now for 12 years and with this funding, there is now room for continued improve- ment throughout the school around carpets, painting and there’ll be further improvements to the school grounds,” he said.

“This goes a long way to fulfilling the aims of the education state, it’s much appreciated.”

Receiving over $100,000, Talbot Primary School principal Chrissy Drummond said the school “absolutely welcomes” the funding announcement.

“I think it’s a great initiative by the State Government,” she said.

“It’s a very substantial amount of money — I believe in public education so any investment in it is fantastic.

For more on this story see Page 3 of The Advertiser, Friday, September 6


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