Diggers Rest Primary School was a winner in Victoria’s 2022-23 state budget awarded last Tuesday, raising a whopping $13.4 million to upgrade its facilities.
Sunbury MP Josh Bull described the announcement as “incredibly important and important” for the school and the community.
“I have strongly advocated for the needs of the school, but I think it is fair to say that the $13 million pledge exceeded all expectations,” said Mr Bull.
“It is a fantastic result and enables the school to provide first-class facilities for a first-class education.”
Mr Bull said the funding would be used to build the new school community and senior learning area.
“I’ve been working with the school for a number of years and previously we’ve committed over $3 million for phase one upgrades and this investment will get the job done and take Diggers Rest from a good school to a great school for our growing community.”
The school shared its joy on social media and said the funding would allow the school to grow to accommodate the growing region.
“We are in a growing area and this funding will allow us to build state-of-the-art facilities and continue to provide our students with the best possible education program,” the school writes.
Responses to the post highlight the school community’s joy at the announcement.
“Fantastic news. The school and the team are amazing and I can’t wait to see the school take it to another level,” said one user.
“Great news and well deserved. A great win for the Diggers Rest community,” said another.
Another budget winner in the region was Jacksons Hill in Sunbury, which was to receive $2.2 million for conservation and restoration work on the historic site, which once housed the former Sunbury Lunatic Asylum.
“Jacksons Hill is an extremely important place for the Sunbury community,” said Mr Bull.
“We have a beautiful master plan that will turn the site into a vibrant community center.”