Media Release

09 November 2018

Smith: Liberal Nationals to support Catholic schools in Banyule and Nillumbik

Friday 9 November 2018

Liberal Nationals to support Catholic schools in Banyule and Nillumbik

Daniel Andrews has lost control of population and it’s putting enormous pressure on our schools.

That is why an elected Liberal Nationals Government will invest $5.05 million in allocated funding to upgrade the following Catholic schools in Banyule and Nillumbik:

  • St Thomas the Apostle Primary School in Greensborough North, which will receive $3 million in funding towards the refurbishment and upgrade of general learning areas, student amenities and toilets
  • St Francis Xavier Primary School in Montmorency which will receive $1.4 million for the refurbishment of the junior building including eight general learning areas, a canteen and breakout spaces; and
  • Our Lady Help of Christians Primary School in Eltham which will receive $650,000 for the construction of an external covered area.

This announcement follows the Liberal Nationals commitment of $400 million for capital upgrades for non-government schools.

The Liberal Nationals support a strong public and private education system because we believe in giving parents choice and children the best opportunities.

A critically important part of that choice is for parents to have the option of low-fee, independent and Catholic schools.

With the current population squeeze limiting parental choices it’s never been more important to support all three sectors of our school system.

Our announcement of $5.05 million for Catholic schools in Eltham is a vital investment in this growing area of Melbourne.

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Education, Tim Smith:

“We want to work with non-government schools to give all Victorian families choice in education.

I am delighted to be able to announce this $5.05 million investment towards Catholic schools in the Eltham electorate as part of our $400 million commitment to non-government schools.

Only the Liberal Nationals have a plan to get back in control of the population squeeze and give parents choice and children the best opportunities in their education.”

Comments attributable to Liberal Candidate for Eltham, Nick McGowan:

“In a growing area such as Eltham, students from St Thomas the Apostle, St Francis Xavier and Our Lady Help of Christians will greatly benefit from modern and contemporary facilities.

Only the Liberal Nationals will transform our local schools so our children receive a great education and these upgrades will help them achieve even further.”