26 September 2023

Growing suburbs to welcome new schools

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Families in Melbourne’s growing suburbs are to have access to new and upgraded schools, with 89 primary and secondary schools in line to be funded.

Announced by the Minister for Education, Natalie Hutchins, Gladstone Park Secondary College is to receive a $11.7 million upgrade for a new administration building, a STEM and library building, and an expanded canteen.

“Government is also ahead of schedule in opening 100 new schools by 2026, with 75 new schools opening between 2019 and 2024 – ensuring every student can access a great local school and a quality education no matter where they live,” Ms Hutchins said.

She said $25 million in funding had been allocated to deliver the remaining 25 schools, which would get planning work started on six new primary schools and two secondary schools for Melbourne’s south-eastern suburbs.

Ms Hutchins said the allocation would also allow planning work to begin on three new primary schools, one prep to year nine school, a secondary school and a specialist school in the western suburbs; five primary schools, a secondary school and a specialist school for the northern suburbs; and a new primary school at Fisherman’s Bend in the CBD.

The Minister said planning work on two new primary schools near Geelong and one new primary school at Leneva, near Wodonga would also be funded under the allocation.

“These new schools respond to the demographic needs of local communities, catering to population growth in primary or secondary age groups and supports thousands of construction jobs,” Ms Hutchins said.

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