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$10 million for Portland Schools

Three educational institutions across Portland are set to receive major funding boosts in Wednesday’s 2016-17 State Budget.In Portland to formally announce the $7 million the Victorian Government has given the Portland Bay School to establish a purpose-built facility, Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney shocked representatives of both Portland Primary School and Portland Secondary College with a further $3 million injected into the two schools.Ms Tierney said the funding will be used to upgrade ageing facilities, ensuring students have the modern spaces they need to learn.Portland Secondary College will receive $2 million to build modern learning spaces and Portland Primary School an added $1 million to upgrade its facilities."The Victorian Government is investing in schools to bring up retention rates," Ms Tierney said."We want to keep local students engaged so they add value to our community."Ms Tierney highlighted the tremendous effort each school is making to engage and add value to local education."I know these Portland schools are doing great work – and this funding will help them become even better."Students deserve more than the ageing and outdated facilities we have now."This funding will ensure they have the fantastic learning spaces they deserve."Ms Tierney thanked the tireless effort of Portland Bay School’s council president."Debra Robinson, the school council president, parent and at times activist, should be thanked."Her campaign has been very ‘grass roots’ in nature."Ms Tierney said due to Mrs Robinson’s efforts, the school will have a new life, enjoyed by the staff, students and community.

The plan of what the new Portland Bay School will look like, with entry from Henty Street. The school will be located behind Portland Primary School, and the two schools will share the existing oval.

 

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Photo courtesy of the Portland Observer.

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