SIX south-west primary schools will receive funding to hire a welfare officer to help them deal with bullying.
Portland North, Port Fairy Consolidated, Allansford, Grassmere, Merrivale and Nullawarre will share in $110,219 from the state government.
The money will be used to pay a welfare officer to provide support to pupils and families as part of the state government’s plan to combat bullying in schools.
“The expansion of this program ... will better support students at the school, their teachers and parents to ensure schools are the safe environment they should be for all,” Premier and member for South West Coast Denis Napthine said.
Port Fairy Consolidated School will receive $21,487, Portland North $18,258, Allansford $15,899, Grassmere $17,221, Merrivale $21,487 and Nullawarre $15,867.
Dr Napthine said bullying was a major issue and one that his government took seriously.
“This funding will help schools better target support for students and families.”