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22 September 2021
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Murtoa College students and staff will enjoy a new-look, better equipped premises after the school received a $505,000 funding windfall.
Principal Tony Goodwin said the money would go towards redeveloping a walkway between
the administration building and back of the school, which was a high-foot-traffic area.
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He said the project was the next phase of a landscape masterplan.
“At the end of 2020 we decided to get a landscape gardener in to do a masterplan,” he said.
“We’ve now finalised that process and we’ve started doing our landscape masterplan redevelopment. Stage one has just recently been completed, which is the courtyard out the front of the primary area.”
Mr Goodwin said stage two would feature an ‘aesthetically pleasing and inviting’ area that included grass and breakout seating sections.
“We will also replace a badly broken asphalt area into a more conducive surface that kids can sit on and walk around, which will be pleasant,” he said.
Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford announced the funding as part of a $17-million
State Government Planned Maintenance Program allocation.
Other Yarriambiack schools to share in the funding included Warracknabeal Primary School, $235,000, and Minyip Primary School, $40,000, both for high-priority maintenance tasks to address roof and structural issues.
Mr Goodwin said the Murtoa project would be completed in the next six months.
“The funding has arrived and we need to spend it before the end of the financial year,” he said.
“We want to complete the work before school starts next year, which would be fantastic.”
– Sarah Matthews