More than $1.65 million in state government grants will be used to upgrade sport and performing arts facilities at two Wyndham schools.
Werribee MP Tim Pallas made the announcement during a visit to Manor Lakes P-12 College and Werribee Secondary College last week.
The grants will be part of the government’s $50 million Shared Facilities Fund (SFF), established last year to help build school facilities that could be used by the wider community.
Manor Lakes P-12 College will receive $935,000 to reconstruct its oval’s surface and install lighting and cricket nets.
When the works are finished, Wyndham sports clubs will be able to use the grounds for training.
The building works will be delivered by Wyndham council, in partnership with the college.
Mr Pallas said $773,500 from the SFF would go towards upgrading Werribee Secondary College’s performing arts space.
He said Wyndham council would contribute an additional $50,000 to the project.
Mr Pallas said the theatre makeover would include a raised stage, a dedicated space for technicians to operate audio visual equipment, refurbished seating, new lighting equipment, an additional mixer and audio equipment and cosmetic upgrades to the foyer.
In addition to shows starring students, the new-look theatre will be available for community productions, including those run by the Wyndham Theatre Company.
Mr Pallas said the upgraded Werribee Secondary College theatre would be a “huge addition to the local community”.
“Integrated school and community facilities play an important role in bringing together communities such as those at Werribee,” he said.
“Shared projects promote better access to local services and opportunities for people to participate in these, as well as fostering a sense of community pride and value in our schools.”