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Thursday, 20 April 2017


Students at Marist College in Maiden Gully are a step closer to having the facilities they deserve, with the Andrews Labor Government providing $1 million towards the redevelopment of the school’s facilities.

Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards MP, today joined parents, students and teachers to turn the first sod to mark the start of construction.

The redevelopment includes the construction of Year 5 and 6 Learning Centre area and associated areas.

The new state-of-the-art facilities will provide better learning environments for local students so they can get the best out of their education.

The Andrews Labor Government is building the Education State so that every community has access to a great school and every Victorian student can get a great education.

This includes $120 million to help build and upgrade Catholic and independent schools and a record $1.1 billion to build new government schools and upgrade existing government school facilities.

There are now hundreds of school upgrades in the construction pipeline following the Labor Government’s record $1.8 billion investment in school infrastructure.

This school building boom will create 4000 construction jobs and ensure all Victorian families have access to a great school no matter where they live.

To find out more about new schools and upgrades to schools in Central Victoria visit the Victorian School Building Authority website at

Quotes attributable to Ms Edwards

“This is an exciting day for the Bendigo community. These upgrades will ensure staff and students at Marist College Bendigo have the facilities they deserve.”

“There is a great learning culture at Marist College and it is exciting to see work get underway on a new Year 5 and 6 Learning Centre area for the school.”

Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino  

“One in three Victorian students attend Catholic and independent schools – they are a vital part of our education system and this funding will help provide better facilities to more Victorian students.”



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