Horsham College's $10-million win: State Government pledges budget money

MEMBER for Lowan Hugh Delahunty has announced a $10 million capital funding commitment for Horsham College.

The college will receive the money in the next state budget.

The college missed out on funding in the past three state budgets despite community, Horsham Rural City Council, Business Horsham and Wimmera Development Association support for the project. 

The funding comprises $7.5 million for the replacement of the school's mathematics block, humanities and administration block and toilet block in the middle school.

A further $2.5 million will be for improvement across the school and school council will determine how the money will be spent.

"I am very proud to be able to deliver this important capital funding," Mr Delahunty said.

"I want to thank the school leadership for their persistence and their perseverance. This is a great result for the region, and our investment will ensure the future of the school is a bright one."

School council president Rohan Smith said it was a great announcement.

"It is the first step to improving our infrastructure, to bring it in line with the quality of education we deliver," he said.

Education Minister Martin Dixon visited the school earlier this month and said he was committed to addressing school capital uncertainty across Victoria.

"I was aware of the concerns, thanks to the tireless efforts of Hugh Delahunty, who has been a strong advocate for the Lowan community," he said.

Mr Delahunty said the funding was tremendous news for college students, staff and the entire school community.

The college has dilapidated buildings, with some dating back to the 1950s, and needs money to fund a rebuild.

The college will receive the money in the next state budget.

The college missed out on funding in the past three state budgets despite community, Horsham Rural City Council, Business Horsham and Wimmera Development Association support for the project. 

The funding comprises $7.5 million for the replacement of the school's mathematics block, humanities and administration block and toilet block in the middle school.

A further $2.5 million will be for improvement across the school and school council will determine how the money will be spent.

"I am very proud to be able to deliver this important capital funding," Mr Delahunty said.

"I want to thank the school leadership for their persistence and their perseverance. This is a great result for the region, and our investment will ensure the future of the school is a bright one."

School council president Rohan Smith said it was a great announcement.

"It is the first step to improving our infrastructure, to bring it in line with the quality of education we deliver," he said,

Education Minister Martin Dixon visited the school earlier this month and said he was committee to addressing school capital uncertainty across Victoria.

"I was aware of the concerns, thanks to the tireless efforts of Hugh Delahunty, who has been a strong advocate for the Lowan community," he said.

Mr Delahunty said the funding was tremendous news for college students, staff and the entire school community.

The college has dilapidated buildings, with some dating back to the 1950s, and needs money to fund a rebuild.

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BREAKING NEWS: THE State Government has announced it will give $10 million in the state budget to redevelop Horsham College.

Member for Lowan Hugh Delahunty made the announcement at the school on Wednesday morning.

The college has dilapidated buildings, with some dating back to the 1950s, and needs money to fund a rebuild.

The college missed out on funding in the past three state budgets despite community, Horsham Rural City Council and Business Horsham support for the project. 

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