Funding for Sunbury and Macedon Ranges schools

03/04/2017 Sunbury Downs School Josh Bull announcement funding Left to right George Kogios, Josh Bull, Mana Oddo pricipal Pic Marco De Luca

Sunbury and Macedon Ranges schools are planning some major upgrades after funding wins in the 2017-18 state budget.

Sunbury Downs Secondary College will receive $3.9 million for much-needed upgrades.

Principal Maria Oddo said the funds will be used to modernise facilities, which have not been updated since the school was built in 1988.

“This is the first injection of really good capital funding for our community,” Ms Oddo said. “It will go a long way in our ability to provide 21st century learning.”

Sunbury MP Josh Bull has been consulting with the school regarding capital support over the past year.

“It was pretty clear to me that the school was in great need of funding,” Mr Bull said.

The principal said the main priority is installing heating and cooling, followed by upgrading the gymnasium, science classrooms and technology wing.

“For us it’s not about building another building, it’s looking at what our current structures are and upgrading them so that they meet the needs of today,” Ms Oddo said.

Ms Oddo said that updating facilities should attract more families to Sunbury Downs Secondary College.

“The building upgrades will make us competitive against, of course, other schools, but also the private sector,” she said. “This is championing government education.”

Primary schools in the Macedon Ranges will also receive funds to modernise their facilities.

Gisborne Primary School has been allocated the most funding at $1.6 million, followed by $472,000 for Mount Macedon Primary School, $90,000 for Bolinda Primary School and $64,000 for Darraweit Guim Primary School.