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Students in the Latrobe Valley will benefit from upgraded facilities and learning spaces thanks to funding from the Federal Government.

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester announced two schools would receive a share of $3.75 million to make upgrades to the school’s capital infrastructure.

Mr Chester visited St Gabriel’s Primary School in Traralgon to make the announcement and said it was a wonderful investment in the education of young Gippslanders.

“St Gabriel’s Primary School will receive $1.75 million to create five new learning spaces and a new library,” Mr Chester said.

“This work will also include the removal of portable classrooms, which are not as practical for learning as they once were.”

“These new spaces will allow teachers to cater to all learning styles and provide students will a high level of education, as the school continues to adapt to the different needs of students.”

St Gabriel’s Primary School Principal Roslyn Joyner said the project would benefit students for many years to come.

“Our school is continuing to grow and welcome more children each year and improving infrastructure gives our teachers and staff the ability to support students in a range of different ways,” Mrs Joyner said.

“While our portable classrooms have served the school well for many years, the new learning spaces will incorporate new technology and more cohesive space for integration of learning between classes.

“This is an investment in our students and our commitment to providing high quality education for all those who walk through our doors.”

Mr Chester said St Vincent De Paul Primary School in Morwell would also receive $2 million to improve disability access throughout the school, including at the main front entrance.

“Upgrades will be made to existing classrooms and amenities as well as the main school entry and reception area to improve child safety and accessibility,” Mr Chester said.

“These upgrades cater to the needs of the school and its students to create an inclusive and accessible environment for all.

“Gippsland is a wonderful place to raise a family and supporting our schools to improve facilities ensures that local children receive a quality education no matter what school they attend.

“The Federal Government is committed to supporting regional students and ensuring all young Gippslanders receive a high level education throughout their schooling lives.”

Mr Chester said the funding announced were two of 158 projects across Australia approved for funding under the Capital Grants Program, which helps non-government schools to improve infrastructure.

Work is expected to commence in 2021.

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