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A $1 million funding boost for Beyond the Bell will help to ensure children and young people in the Great South coast are better connected to their education.

The State Government today announced $1 million funding over three years for Beyond the Bell to continue its work in improving the engagement of children and young people in their learning.

Executive Officer Kate Roache said the funding was good news for the future of the region.

“It means we will be able to bring to life our new strategic plan and continue our important work in supporting children and young people across the region,” Ms Roache said.

Beyond the Bell has recently adopted a three-year strategic plan designed to support and inspire children and young people to achieve their full potential.

The plan focuses on social and emotional wellbeing, engagement in learning, and supporting disadvantaged children and young people.

There is also a strong emphasis on regional projects that will impact all communities across the Great South Coast.

The new funding from the State Government matches a previous three-year commitment through Regional Development Victoria.

Beyond the Bell chairman Francis Broekman thanked the State Government for the renewed funding. “This funding will have long-term benefits for all children and young people in our region,” Mr Broekman said.

“It allows us to continue to bring our work to life in our community, to build stronger relationship with partners and stakeholders, and develop projects that are responsive to the needs of children and young people in our region.”


Beyond the Bell is a community-led initiative founded in 2012 committed to ensuring all young people in the Great South Coast are supported and inspired to achieve their full potential.

Beyond the Bell believes education is the key to unlocking life opportunities. It plays a significant role across the region in leading and partnering to enable children and young people to have every choice and every chance to be connected to education and engaged in their learning.