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21 February 2023

Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters, has visited Maiden Gully Primary School to announce funding for local schools via the Federal Labor Government’s Schools Upgrade Fund.

The delivery of the election commitment was made will see upgrades completed at the below schools:

  • Maiden Gully Primary School will receive $50,000 for heating and cooling upgrades for the library
  • Malmsbury Primary School will receive $20,000 for the “The Frog Bog” learning space
  • Castlemaine Secondary will receive $10,000 for an outdoor learning space
  • Winters Flat Primary School will receive $20,000 for improved climate control and air ventilation

The funding is part of the $270 million School Upgrade Fund which is being rolled-out by the Federal Government to boost school infrastructure for students especially to combat the impacts of the pandemic.

The Open Round of the Schools Upgrade Fund is now open for new applications until Friday, February 24.

Funding will go to schools most in need towards small-scale projects worth up to $25,000 to create healthier and safer learning environments and help students get back on track after disruptions caused by COVID.


“We committed to funding for these important school upgrades before the federal election – and now we’ve delivered.

“This is terrific news for these schools – especially for their students. It means better equipment and facilities to help them learn and play in a top-class environment.

“I’m so proud of our local schools and students. Everyone has had a tough couple of years and this funding is part of our efforts to help them bounce back.

“I’d also like to remind other schools across the electorate that this is the last week to apply for funding under the open grant round.

“The open grant round is worth $32 million and will be invested in things like new laptops and iPads, classroom upgrades and outdoor learning areas.

“I want our local schools to get their fair share and so I’m encouraging them to apply.”