• David Hodgett MP announces $10 million commitment to rebuild Melba College
  • Announcement confirms upgrade of facilities for Melba College students and their families
  • Napthine Government building a better education system for all Victorian students

Member for Kilsyth and Liberal candidate for Croydon David Hodgett met students and teachers at Melba College today, and announced a $10 million funding commitment to upgrade the school under a re-elected Napthine Government.

“The Napthine Government is building better schools for all Victorian students and I’m delighted to announce a $10 million upgrade of Melba College if the Victorian Coalition Government is re-elected,” Mr Hodgett said.

“This announcement means that Melba College, created through the Maroondah and Croydon Secondary Colleges merger, will enjoy state-of-the-art facilities to support its staff, parents and large student body.

“The Victorian Coalition Government is delivering a $1.1 billion investment in school infrastructure, including 24 new schools across the State, and upgrades to hundreds of existing schools,” Mr Hodgett said.

“The Napthine Government has already delivered rebuilds of Eastwood Primary School and Yarra Hills Secondary College in my local electorate, showing our commitment to improving local educational facilities.”

“The Victorian Coalition Government stepped in after 11 years of Labor neglect, and took action to fix Labor’s $420 million school maintenance backlog.

“While Labor cut maintenance funding by 20 per cent, we have increased maintenance funding by 40 per cent, to tackle Labor’s underinvestment in key growth areas, like Croydon.”

Mr Hodgett said the local community would benefit from the Napthine Government’s strong record on delivering for education.

“Over the last four years, the Coalition Government has repeatedly delivered on great educational outcomes for our local area, and if the Coalition Government is re-elected in November, this work will continue,” Mr Hodgett said.

The Napthine Government is building a better education system, with a record $9.2 billion for school education in 2014-15, $1 billion more than Labor’s last budget in 2010.