Geelong families will get the world-class local schools their kids deserve, with a re-elected Andrews Labor Government to get on with delivering upgrades at Geelong High School and Matthew Flinders Girls Secondary College.

Labor will invest an extra $3 million across both sites to ensure these improvement projects can continue as planned, including deferred works due to the significant amount of asbestos found.

While the Liberals ignored this issue, content with putting up warning signs instead of dealing with asbestos, only Labor can be trusted to fix the issue and deliver for local students and their families.

This builds on the $12 million already provided by the Andrews Labor Government to upgrade Geelong High School and $8 million to upgrade Matthew Flinders Girls Secondary College.

The Liberals slashed $1 billion out of our education system and left schools to crumble and decay across the state.

In contrast, the Labor Government has invested more than $3.8 billion to build 70 new schools and upgrade 1,300 schools across the state since coming to office in 2014.

That means thousands of Victorian kids now go to school every day and learn in new classrooms with better technology and facilities, like new gyms and science labs.

It’s also helped create 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians right around our state.

A re-elected Labor Government will keep delivering for Victorians with more new schools and upgrades to existing schools across the state.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino

“The Liberals closed schools and cut funding to our education system and given the chance, they’ll do it again.”

“No matter where you live in Victoria, every student deserves to have a great school and a re-elected Andrews Labor Government will make sure they do.”

Quotes attributable to the Member for Geelong Christine Couzens

“I have been working with both schools on this issue for some time. In contrast, when the Liberals found asbestos in our schools, they slapped a yellow sticker on a window and left it there.”

“We will not allow these issues to impact on the upgrades we’re making to Geelong High School and Matthew Flinders Girls Secondary College. Instead, we’ll keep delivering for local students and families.”