School funding in Victoria could draw potential property buyers
The upcoming Victorian state budget will include $1.9 million in additional funding for a primary school located in Bendigo, part of a record high $8.8 billion in education funding within the state.
Quarry Hill Primary School, a historic school established more than 100 years ago, will be able to use the funds to improve the learning experience for students. Premier Denis Napthine said the money will be used for a variety of purposes and serve to improve administrative practices, meet the needs of teachers and enhance the school's current facilities for its more than 300 students.
"Quarry Hills Primary School will use the funding to construct semi indoor areas, as well as upgrade, expand and improve outdoor education and sporting facilities," Dr Napthine said.
"The Victorian Coalition Government recognises that great education relies on state-of-the-art facilities that support modern teaching methods."
The additional funding could be a draw for families considering buying a house within the area.
Local growth could encourage future education investments
The funding to improve the school will be even more necessary as Victoria, and Bendigo in particular, experiences a surge in population growth. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), Victoria increased its population by more than 106,000 people from June 2012 to June 2013 and had the largest such jump of any state or territory.
Bendigo had the third largest population growth of the eight SA4s in regional Victoria and grew by 2,000 individuals from 2012 to 2013. The every-growing population presents the need for improvements to local infrastructure, services and schools, something that has been recognised by local politicians.
The city is currently home to more than 105,300 residents, according to figures from the ABS. This figure is set to grow to more than 111,100 by the end of 2014 and could grow to 145,600 by 2031. This would be an increase of more than 30 percent in just over 15 years.
As more families move into Bendigo and the surrounding areas, additional school funding, such as the money received by Quarry Hills Primary School, will be essential. Especially for families with young children, local education investments are key.
"This funding will ensure that Quarry Hill Primary School can continue to build on an excellent record, and serve the growing Bendigo community well into the future," said Minister for Education Martin Dixon.