Labor will invest in upgrades at Bendigo Electorate schools

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters has announced a Labor Government will invest in upgrades at schools across the Bendigo electorate, in addition to funding announced via Labor’s Fair Go for Schools plan.

Labor will commit $50,000 towards an outdoor learning area and sensory garden at Huntly Primary School.

“Huntly Primary is a great school, but the yard is looking tired and dry, and provides little inspiration for students to play and explore in a stimulating environment, or for teachers to take classroom activities outdoors,” Chesters said.  

“A multi-use outdoor space and sensory garden will promote positive learning outcomes for students and will incorporate a range of elements to meet the needs of the diversity of students that attend the school.”

This new multi-purpose outdoor learning space will be a valuable addition for use during activities the school runs for fundraising, including the school fair and movie nights. 

Labor will also commit $25,000 towards upgrading the JB Osborne Theatre at Crusoe College.

The funding will restore the theatre kitchen with new benches, a commercial fridge, oven and wash area; and install new curtains to improve the performance space.

The theatre is seeing increasing demand from acting, singing and dancing groups across the community, however the dated nature of the infrastructure limits the use and function of the space.

This is on top of the $22 million extra investment in schools in Bendigo over the first three years of our Fair Go for Schools plan, where Huntly Primary School will receive $300 000 and Crusoe College will receive $890,000.

“Australian schools should be the best in the world, and every Australian child deserves the best start in life.

“A website – – will give each school an estimate of the extra funding it can expect in the first three years of Labor’s plan.

Every student in every public school in Central Victoria will be better off under Labor’s plan, including:

-              Bendigo Senior Secondary College - $2,540,000
-              Kyneton Secondary - $730,000
-              Castlemaine Secondary College - $910,000
-              Maiden Gully PS - $640,000
-              Kennington PS - $690,000
-              White Hills PS - $810,000

“Our extra investment will transform public schools across Central Victoria and give all children the opportunity to reach their full potential, no matter where they live, or how much their parents earn.

At the next Federal election there will be a clear choice for voters – Labor’s commitment to invest in public schools, or the Liberals’ cuts.