Stawell Secondary College has been given an early Christmas present, receiving more than $11 million from a state budget that will spend billions of dollars across Victoria.
The college's $11.52 million grant will allow for refurbishment of its classrooms, library, art and music rooms.
Principal Carlos Lopez said the school community was delighted.
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"This is a great investment for our community and an investment that will have far reaching benefits for our community," he said.
"The investment in human capital through education will have a significant economic benefit.
"We believe that this is a vote of confidence for Stawell Secondary College.
"We have continued to improve since 2019 and are committed to delivering the best educational program in the Wimmera."
Concongella Primary School will receive $1.092 million to upgrade and modernise its facilities.
The budget allocated $3 billion to upgrade Victorian schools, including $1.1 billion as part of the previously announced Building Works Package and a further $1.9 billion to roll out the next phase of the school building boom.
Member for Ripon Louise Staley said the budget doesn't deliver for Loddon residents.
"Once again, the people of Loddon miss out under Daniel Andrews," Ms Staley said.
"There are no new infrastructure projects, and the billions of dollars of spending and debt in the budget do not deliver for Loddon.
"For a community that has endured a pandemic and economic crisis caused by Labor's bungled hotel quarantine program and inadequate contact tracing, this is not good enough."
The budget earmarked a spend of more than $8 billion in regional Victoria for jobs and infrastructure, including big transport projects, school and hospital upgrades, employment and housing.
The government has budgeted a $48.8 million spend for its share of the Murray Basin rail project.
Ms Staley said the government has failed to provide sufficient funding to complete the transformative project.
"The Murray Basin Rail Project will boost the efficiency and productivity of our farmers in north-west Victoria," Ms Staley said.
"This budget should have provided the funding needed to complete this necessary project for farmers in Loddon."
Victorian Farmers Federation president David Jochinke said farmers and regional Victorians are big winners from the budget.
"At a time when regional Victoria is crying out for investment to help lift us out of recession, the fact is billions are being spent on metropolitan rail projects," Mr Jochinke said.
"We hope the Victorian government finds the cash to assist farmers to invest in drought proofing water infrastructure."
Mr Jochinke highlighted support for Victoria's agricultural exporters and funding for regional telecommunications blackspots as key takeaways from the budget.
Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes said the budget delivers on things that are most important to regional Victorians.
"We are a government that wants to make regional Victoria stronger than ever before and an even greater place to live, work and visit," Ms Symes said.
The budget revealed an investment of nearly $1.6 billion to make sure students with disability are supported in the classroom through an Australian-first Disability Inclusion package.
The investment will double the number of students receiving extra support in the classroom and create 1730 jobs by 2025.
Minister for Education James Merlino said all schools will benefit from the change, enabling them to better support students who may have previously been ineligible for targeted support, such as those with autism, dyslexia or complex behaviours.
"This is the biggest change in disability support in our schools Victoria has ever seen and it will make a difference in classrooms and to kids across the state," Mr Merlino said.
Shadow Minister for Education Cindy McLeish said the government is playing politics with our children.
"Less than nine per cent of the $70 million in funding allocated to essential maintenance is to be spent this financial year," Ms McLeish said.
"Our kids and economy desperately need these works fast tracked."
"School funding must be released now instead of being used as a campaigning tool by the government in the lead up to the 2022 state election."
A $773.8 million spend on early childhood education includes $169.6 million to cover the cost of kinder.
TAFE will see a $1 billion investment, with $631.4 million for extra training places.
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