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More schools across Victoria will receive a funding boost to build all-access play areas, sensory gardens and outdoor learning areas to support inclusive education for students with disabilities and additional needs.

An additional 93 schools will share in $15 million in funding under the Victorian Government’s $30 million Inclusive Schools Fund.

Victorian Minister for Education, James Merlino, made the announcement during a visit to Specimen Hill College in Bendigo, which will receive a $200,000 slice of the funding to create an outdoor sensory area.

“This is about giving every child, every chance – regardless of their background or circumstances. That’s what this funding will deliver,” said Minister Merlino.

“As we build the Education State, we’re continuing to invest in schools to ensure students of all abilities can access a great education – no matter their circumstances.”

Since the Inclusive Schools Fund was established in 2015, almost 90 creative projects to build inclusive play spaces, outdoor learning areas, sensory gardens and calm spaces have been delivered.

“These projects are all about giving our primary schools the equipment and infrastructure they need to inspire a lifelong passion for learning for all of their students and to show that disability isn’t a barrier to learning and achieving,” added Maree Edwards, Member for Bendigo West.

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