Premier says Victorian public schools won’t receive funding for $5m schools project

Victoria’s public schools will not receive $5 million in Commonwealth funding for a $3.2 billion infrastructure upgrade, the state’s education minister has said. 

“We are not getting any of that funding,” Mr Bercow told the ABC’s AM program. 

State Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said the $3 billion in infrastructure improvements needed to be funded from the Commonwealth’s general fund.

“The state’s financial position is not strong enough to fund those [projects],” he said.

“It’s just not a long-term solution.” 

The Victorian Government said it had received more than $3 million from the Federal Government for infrastructure projects over the last two years, but Mr Frydenberger said he believed the money was now being spent on “other things”.

“The Federal Government’s announced $2.2 million in funding, which is quite significant,” he said, adding that he was hopeful the Federal government would provide more funding for Victoria’s infrastructure.

“But we need to make sure we can afford the infrastructure,” he added.

“I think it’s going to be quite expensive.” 

Mr Frydenbach said he had no doubt the Victorian Government would be able to secure $1.5 million for the $5.2-million project over the next year.

“That’s a significant amount of money, I’m sure it’s significant,” Mr Frydernbach said.’

I can’t imagine’ Mr Frydensbach said that although he was concerned about funding for the public schools project, the money would be there if Victoria’s economy took a downturn.

“For the moment, I can imagine what it will cost to get that through,” he told AM.

“It will be a major investment, a major expansion.”

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