• State Member for Monbulk, Deputy Premier, Minister for Education

    As your State Member of Parliament, I am passionate about representing our local community. My office and staff are here to help you and your family. Please feel free to contact my office in Belgrave, or send through an email.

  • GETTING RID OF TWO MORE LEVEL CROSSINGS IN MELBOURNE’S EAST

    The Andrews Labor Government will build rail bridges to remove two more dangerous and congested level crossings in Melbourne’s East. Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan joined Member for Monbulk James Merlino to reveal designs for the Manchester Road, Mooroolbark and Maroondah Highway, Lilydale level crossing removals.

  • DELIVERING FOR MONBULK

    The Andrews Labor Government is delivering on its promises and delivering for the people of Monbulk, with major investments in local schools, roads, health and public transport in the Victorian Budget 2019/20.

  • MORE CAR PARKS AT BELGRAVE STATION A STEP CLOSER

    Geotechnical works will take place at Belgrave Station car park from next week, as the Andrews Labor Government gets on with building more spaces for passengers to park.

  • FREE TAFE KICKS OFF IN MONBULK

    Students and job seekers from Monbulk can now take up Free TAFE training under the Andrews Labor Government’s $172 million program to make 30 priority TAFE courses and 20 pre-apprenticeship courses tuition fee free from this year.

  • State Member for Monbulk, Deputy Premier, Minister for Education

    As your State Member of Parliament, I am passionate about representing our local community. My office and staff are here to help you and your family. Please feel free to contact my office in Belgrave, or send through an email.

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MONBULK COMMUNITIES BENEFIT FROM $50 MILLION

Yarra Ranges Council can now apply for funding to fast-track community facility projects, with the opening of the Victorian Government’s 2019-20 Growing Suburbs Fund (GSF). Minister for Local Government Adem Somyurek today announced the opening of the latest funding round, with a further $50 million in grants available for projects that improve the amenity, liveability and resilience in the outer suburbs. The Andrews Labor Government is investing $250 million through the GSF to support critical community infrastructure in Melbourne’s 10 interface councils, which face future challenges such as population growth and changing demographics. State Member for Monbulk, James Merlino MP has encouraged Yarra Ranges Council to apply for grants to build or improve family and community centres, town centres, parks, reserves and playgrounds. Since its establishment in 2015, the GSF has supported 161 projects, representing a total infrastructure investment of $520 million and creating over 5000 jobs in Melbourne's diverse and fast-growing urban fringe. The GSF has already contributed to vital projects in the Yarra Ranges including: $1.25 Million for the Burrinja Cultural Centre Redevelopment $1 Million for the Monbulk Community and Sports Pavilion $1 Million for the Upwey Tecoma Community Recreational and Sporting Hub $500,000 for the Belgrave South Community Sports Pavilion $723,000  for the Belgrave Community Hub $2 Million for The Ridgewalk This year the GSF guidelines have been updated to ensure gender equality is a factor in the selection process, to support projects which build on the Victorian Government’s commitment for gender diversity across all sectors. More information on how to apply visit: https://www.localgovernment.vic.gov.au/grants/growing-suburbs-fund. Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Adem Somyurek  “The Growing Suburbs Fund brings forward vital projects that will improve the day-to-day lives of outer suburban communities which are in a rapid state of growth and change.”  “We’re getting on with helping councils deliver better facilities for their communities, and I’m excited to see what innovative projects this latest round of grants can help deliver.”  Quotes attributable to Member for Monbulk, James Merlino “It’s great to see the Victorian Government work with the Yarra Ranges Council to help them grow the community and respond and thrive in the face of future challenges.” “The population in some of Melbourne’s outer suburbs is expanding at unprecedented rates, and the Growing Suburbs Fund ensures current and future generations will have access to the modern facilities they need.”  

MONBULK COMMUNITIES BENEFIT FROM $50 MILLION

Yarra Ranges Council can now apply for funding to fast-track community facility projects, with the opening of the Victorian Government’s 2019-20 Growing Suburbs Fund (GSF). Minister for Local Government Adem Somyurek today announced the opening of the latest funding round, with a further $50 million in grants available for projects that improve the amenity, liveability and resilience in the outer suburbs. The Andrews Labor Government is investing $250 million through the GSF to support critical community infrastructure in Melbourne’s 10 interface councils, which face future challenges such as population growth and changing demographics. State Member for Monbulk, James Merlino MP has encouraged Yarra Ranges Council to apply for grants to build or improve family and community centres, town centres, parks, reserves and playgrounds. Since its establishment in 2015, the GSF has supported 161 projects, representing a total infrastructure investment of $520 million and creating over 5000 jobs in Melbourne's diverse and fast-growing urban fringe. The GSF has already contributed to vital projects in the Yarra Ranges including: $1.25 Million for the Burrinja Cultural Centre Redevelopment $1 Million for the Monbulk Community and Sports Pavilion $1 Million for the Upwey Tecoma Community Recreational and Sporting Hub $500,000 for the Belgrave South Community Sports Pavilion $723,000  for the Belgrave Community Hub $2 Million for The Ridgewalk This year the GSF guidelines have been updated to ensure gender equality is a factor in the selection process, to support projects which build on the Victorian Government’s commitment for gender diversity across all sectors. More information on how to apply visit: https://www.localgovernment.vic.gov.au/grants/growing-suburbs-fund. Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Adem Somyurek  “The Growing Suburbs Fund brings forward vital projects that will improve the day-to-day lives of outer suburban communities which are in a rapid state of growth and change.”  “We’re getting on with helping councils deliver better facilities for their communities, and I’m excited to see what innovative projects this latest round of grants can help deliver.”  Quotes attributable to Member for Monbulk, James Merlino “It’s great to see the Victorian Government work with the Yarra Ranges Council to help them grow the community and respond and thrive in the face of future challenges.” “The population in some of Melbourne’s outer suburbs is expanding at unprecedented rates, and the Growing Suburbs Fund ensures current and future generations will have access to the modern facilities they need.”  

PAVILION SET TO BE THE HEART OF MONBULK SPORTING COMMUNITY

Local sports clubs will now have access to a new pavilion, complete with community meeting areas in Monbulk. Deputy Premier James Merlino today joined community members to officially open the newly completed Monbulk Community Sporting Pavilion. The $3.8 million project received $1 million from the Andrews Labor Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund and $600,000 from the Community Sports Infrastructure Fund. The Monbulk Community and Sports Pavilion will assist more girls and women to participate in football and sports, welcoming all ages, abilities and genders. The facility includes: A community gathering space change room facilities showers and amenities umpire change facilities a gymnasium first aid/training room kitchen and canteen facilities storage rooms a covered spectator viewing area. Minister Merlino congratulated the Yarra Ranges Council and the community for raising substantial funding, which contributed towards the $3.8 million project. The Growing Suburbs Fund supports Melbourne’s interface Councils respond to the pressures of growth on community facilities by bringing forward the delivery of projects that improve amenity, liveability and resilience in the outer suburbs. More information on the Growing Suburbs Fund is available at: https://www.localgovernment.vic.gov.au/grants/growing-suburbs-fund. Quotes attributable to Deputy Premier James Merlino “I want to acknowledge the community who have contributed so much to see the Monbulk Recreation Reserve Upgrade completed.” “In particular I want to acknowledge Paul Utting whose continued leadership has seen this project through to the end.” Quotes attributed to Adem Somyurek, Minister for Local Government “The Andrews Labor Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund provides crucial community facilities just like the Monbulk Community Sporting Pavilion”. Quotes attributed to Martin Pakula, Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events “We want all Victorians to have access to high quality facilities regardless of where they live or their gender.” “This is about giving back to the community – delivering more facilities for our clubs in Monbulk so they can encourage more locals to get involved in grassroots sport."   

PAVILION SET TO BE THE HEART OF MONBULK SPORTING COMMUNITY

Local sports clubs will now have access to a new pavilion, complete with community meeting areas in Monbulk. Deputy Premier James Merlino today joined community members to officially open the newly completed Monbulk Community Sporting Pavilion. The $3.8 million project received $1 million from the Andrews Labor Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund and $600,000 from the Community Sports Infrastructure Fund. The Monbulk Community and Sports Pavilion will assist more girls and women to participate in football and sports, welcoming all ages, abilities and genders. The facility includes: A community gathering space change room facilities showers and amenities umpire change facilities a gymnasium first aid/training room kitchen and canteen facilities storage rooms a covered spectator viewing area. Minister Merlino congratulated the Yarra Ranges Council and the community for raising substantial funding, which contributed towards the $3.8 million project. The Growing Suburbs Fund supports Melbourne’s interface Councils respond to the pressures of growth on community facilities by bringing forward the delivery of projects that improve amenity, liveability and resilience in the outer suburbs. More information on the Growing Suburbs Fund is available at: https://www.localgovernment.vic.gov.au/grants/growing-suburbs-fund. Quotes attributable to Deputy Premier James Merlino “I want to acknowledge the community who have contributed so much to see the Monbulk Recreation Reserve Upgrade completed.” “In particular I want to acknowledge Paul Utting whose continued leadership has seen this project through to the end.” Quotes attributed to Adem Somyurek, Minister for Local Government “The Andrews Labor Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund provides crucial community facilities just like the Monbulk Community Sporting Pavilion”. Quotes attributed to Martin Pakula, Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events “We want all Victorians to have access to high quality facilities regardless of where they live or their gender.” “This is about giving back to the community – delivering more facilities for our clubs in Monbulk so they can encourage more locals to get involved in grassroots sport."   

WORK STARTS ON MONBULK PRIMARY SCHOOL UPGRADE

Students at Monbulk Primary School are a step closer to getting the facilities they need for a great start in life, with an architect appointed to design the school’s exciting upgrade. Member for Monbulk James Merlino today announced that Kosloff Architecture has been appointed to design the school’s $7.1 million upgrade. The upgrade will see a new grade 5 and 6 building, a brand new library and two new competition-grade outdoor netball courts. The two new netball courts will also be used by the Monbulk Football Netball Club after school hours. The Andrews Labor Government has invested $5.6 billion to deliver more than 1,400 school upgrades, supporting over 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians. Under the Labor Government’s school building boom, a total of 100 new schools will open by 2026, ensuring every child has a great local school and a great start in life. This building boom will continue over the coming years, with the Government having appointed builders to start delivering 11 schools across the state that will open in 2020 and 14 schools that will open in 2021. The Labor Government is building the Education State to ensure that every student can access a great local school and get a quality education. Quotes attributable to Member for Monbulk James Merlino MP “We’re making sure that our schools have the best facilities, our classrooms have the best teachers and that every child is given every chance to succeed.” “Families in Monbulk are a step closer to getting the great local school facilities their kids need to thrive.”

WORK STARTS ON MONBULK PRIMARY SCHOOL UPGRADE

Students at Monbulk Primary School are a step closer to getting the facilities they need for a great start in life, with an architect appointed to design the school’s exciting upgrade. Member for Monbulk James Merlino today announced that Kosloff Architecture has been appointed to design the school’s $7.1 million upgrade. The upgrade will see a new grade 5 and 6 building, a brand new library and two new competition-grade outdoor netball courts. The two new netball courts will also be used by the Monbulk Football Netball Club after school hours. The Andrews Labor Government has invested $5.6 billion to deliver more than 1,400 school upgrades, supporting over 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians. Under the Labor Government’s school building boom, a total of 100 new schools will open by 2026, ensuring every child has a great local school and a great start in life. This building boom will continue over the coming years, with the Government having appointed builders to start delivering 11 schools across the state that will open in 2020 and 14 schools that will open in 2021. The Labor Government is building the Education State to ensure that every student can access a great local school and get a quality education. Quotes attributable to Member for Monbulk James Merlino MP “We’re making sure that our schools have the best facilities, our classrooms have the best teachers and that every child is given every chance to succeed.” “Families in Monbulk are a step closer to getting the great local school facilities their kids need to thrive.”

New Centre To Support Students’ Mental Health

Students in Rosebud will soon have a dedicated space where they can gain skills to manage and build their mental health and wellbeing, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino yesterday announced $300,000 in funding to build a Wellness Pavilion at Rosebud Secondary College. The new centre will include a meditation space for students in class groups and individually, and private workspaces for wellbeing staff and in-reach services to provide counselling support to students. The centre will also be available out of school hours, subject to hire agreements and joint use agreements with the Mornington Peninsula Shire. The funding for the new pavilion reflects the Labor Government’s commitment to building the Education State where children are supported to be happy, healthy and resilient, and helping schools to create environments that help young people flourish. This funding builds on the $300,000 contribution from the Commonwealth Government as well as significant funding the school has raised from local community groups, the Rotary Club and Bendigo Bank. One in seven Victorians between the ages of four and 17 are estimated to have a mental health issue, with prevalence higher in secondary school. Rosebud Secondary College is also in the process of recruiting a mental health professional as part of the Labor Government’s $51.2 million Mental Health Practitioners in Schools initiative. The initiative is providing every Victorian government secondary school campus with funding for a mental health practitioner by 2022, so students can receive additional support when they need it most. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We recognise that happy, healthy and resilient young people are more likely to succeed in their education and in life. That’s why we’re investing $300,000 towards this new centre to help students in Rosebud improve their mental health and wellbeing.” “It’s also why we are expanding mental health support in Victorian secondary school campuses, to make sure that our children get the support they need through programs and initiatives.” Quote attributable to Member for Nepean Chris Brayne “This upgrade is about more than giving Rosebud Secondary College students the school facilities they deserve – it is about helping students better manage and build on their mental health, while potentially saving lives.” Download the Media Release (223 KB)

New Centre To Support Students’ Mental Health

Students in Rosebud will soon have a dedicated space where they can gain skills to manage and build their mental health and wellbeing, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino yesterday announced $300,000 in funding to build a Wellness Pavilion at Rosebud Secondary College. The new centre will include a meditation space for students in class groups and individually, and private workspaces for wellbeing staff and in-reach services to provide counselling support to students. The centre will also be available out of school hours, subject to hire agreements and joint use agreements with the Mornington Peninsula Shire. The funding for the new pavilion reflects the Labor Government’s commitment to building the Education State where children are supported to be happy, healthy and resilient, and helping schools to create environments that help young people flourish. This funding builds on the $300,000 contribution from the Commonwealth Government as well as significant funding the school has raised from local community groups, the Rotary Club and Bendigo Bank. One in seven Victorians between the ages of four and 17 are estimated to have a mental health issue, with prevalence higher in secondary school. Rosebud Secondary College is also in the process of recruiting a mental health professional as part of the Labor Government’s $51.2 million Mental Health Practitioners in Schools initiative. The initiative is providing every Victorian government secondary school campus with funding for a mental health practitioner by 2022, so students can receive additional support when they need it most. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We recognise that happy, healthy and resilient young people are more likely to succeed in their education and in life. That’s why we’re investing $300,000 towards this new centre to help students in Rosebud improve their mental health and wellbeing.” “It’s also why we are expanding mental health support in Victorian secondary school campuses, to make sure that our children get the support they need through programs and initiatives.” Quote attributable to Member for Nepean Chris Brayne “This upgrade is about more than giving Rosebud Secondary College students the school facilities they deserve – it is about helping students better manage and build on their mental health, while potentially saving lives.” Download the Media Release (223 KB)

San Remo Location For Bass Coast Junior Secondary School

Families across Phillip Island, San Remo and the Waterline will get greater access to secondary education, with the location announced for a new junior secondary campus in the area thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Bass Jordan Crugnale today joined students and teachers at Wonthaggi Secondary College to announce a new junior secondary campus will be built in San Remo. The new school will be a 7-9 campus of Wonthaggi Secondary College and is in addition to the existing two campuses. The Victorian School Building Authority will finalise the exact site of the new school campus following discussions with landowners over coming months. An architect will also be appointed in the coming weeks to design the new campus. Further consultation will be undertaken to seek the community’s views on a new name for Wonthaggi Secondary College. Consultation will also be undertaken on the design of the new school. We know around 500 students are travelling every day to Wonthaggi Secondary College from across areas such as Phillip Island, San Remo, Corinella and Grantville, with more than 250 of these students in years 7-9. This new campus in San Remo will mean students have a new junior secondary school closer to home. The decision to build the year 7-9 school in San Remo is the result of extensive consultation with the local community that included an in-person engagement session and an EngageVic survey for community members to submit their ideas to. The Labor Government is delivering on its promise to the Bass Coast community that that they will receive the great local schools they deserve. The Labor Government has invested $5.6 billion to deliver more than 1,400 school upgrades and supporting over 7,500 construction jobs for Victorians. Under the Labor Government’s school building boom, a total of 100 new schools will open by 2026, ensuring every child can access a great local school and get a great start in life. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “The Bass Coast community deserves to have access to a local school that meets local needs. That’s what we’re delivering with this new school campus.” “Right across Victoria, we are building and upgrading schools so our students and teachers have the best facilities and every child is given every chance to succeed.” Quote attributable to Member for Bass Jordan Crugnale “Bass Coast families have long campaigned for a school and we’ve listened. This brand new junior secondary school campus will give students the education they need closer to home.” Download the Media Release (214 KB)

San Remo Location For Bass Coast Junior Secondary School

Families across Phillip Island, San Remo and the Waterline will get greater access to secondary education, with the location announced for a new junior secondary campus in the area thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Bass Jordan Crugnale today joined students and teachers at Wonthaggi Secondary College to announce a new junior secondary campus will be built in San Remo. The new school will be a 7-9 campus of Wonthaggi Secondary College and is in addition to the existing two campuses. The Victorian School Building Authority will finalise the exact site of the new school campus following discussions with landowners over coming months. An architect will also be appointed in the coming weeks to design the new campus. Further consultation will be undertaken to seek the community’s views on a new name for Wonthaggi Secondary College. Consultation will also be undertaken on the design of the new school. We know around 500 students are travelling every day to Wonthaggi Secondary College from across areas such as Phillip Island, San Remo, Corinella and Grantville, with more than 250 of these students in years 7-9. This new campus in San Remo will mean students have a new junior secondary school closer to home. The decision to build the year 7-9 school in San Remo is the result of extensive consultation with the local community that included an in-person engagement session and an EngageVic survey for community members to submit their ideas to. The Labor Government is delivering on its promise to the Bass Coast community that that they will receive the great local schools they deserve. The Labor Government has invested $5.6 billion to deliver more than 1,400 school upgrades and supporting over 7,500 construction jobs for Victorians. Under the Labor Government’s school building boom, a total of 100 new schools will open by 2026, ensuring every child can access a great local school and get a great start in life. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “The Bass Coast community deserves to have access to a local school that meets local needs. That’s what we’re delivering with this new school campus.” “Right across Victoria, we are building and upgrading schools so our students and teachers have the best facilities and every child is given every chance to succeed.” Quote attributable to Member for Bass Jordan Crugnale “Bass Coast families have long campaigned for a school and we’ve listened. This brand new junior secondary school campus will give students the education they need closer to home.” Download the Media Release (214 KB)

Upgraded Classrooms For Mornington Peninsula Students

Students on the Mornington Peninsula will soon have access to bigger, better and safer school facilities, thanks to an almost $4.9 million investment by the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino today joined Member for Nepean, Chris Brayne, at Red Hill Consolidated School to tour the site of a new $3.2 million project to give the school the modern facilities they need, as well as inspecting a new $1.7 million architect-designed modular building that has replaced an asbestos filled building. The $3.2 million upgrade of the school will see the modernisation and refurbishment of school facilities and improved amenities for students. The Victorian School Building Authority is currently working with the school community on the scope of these works. The Labor Government is also getting on with the job of removing asbestos from schools, through a $379.5 million investment in asbestos removal – including here at Red Hill. The asbestos-contained building was replaced with a state-of-the-art modular building, complete with four new general-purpose classrooms, outdoor learning spaces and a staff room. This is part of our work to remove asbestos that may pose a future risk from school buildings. By the end of 2020, 100 new permanent modular school buildings will have been delivered by the Government. These buildings are constructed off-site and assembled at schools to minimise disruption. The works at Red Hill Consolidated School are part of the Labor Government’s $5.6 billion school building boom, which also includes the largest ever removal of asbestos-containing materials from our schools. It’s all part of the Labor Government’s record investment in school infrastructure that is delivering more than 1,400 school upgrades and supporting 7,500 construction jobs for Victorians. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Across Victoria, we are building and upgrading schools so our students have the best facilities, our classrooms have the best teachers and every child is given every chance to succeed.” “Upgrading Red Hill Consolidated School will give local students access to great local classrooms and school facilities, because you can’t deliver a first-rate education in second-rate classrooms.” Quote attributable to Member for Nepean Chris Brayne “It’s only Labor that’s fixing and upgrading schools in our community. This project will give our hard-working students in Red Hill and across the Mornington Peninsula the school facilities they need to grow and thrive.”  

Upgraded Classrooms For Mornington Peninsula Students

Students on the Mornington Peninsula will soon have access to bigger, better and safer school facilities, thanks to an almost $4.9 million investment by the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino today joined Member for Nepean, Chris Brayne, at Red Hill Consolidated School to tour the site of a new $3.2 million project to give the school the modern facilities they need, as well as inspecting a new $1.7 million architect-designed modular building that has replaced an asbestos filled building. The $3.2 million upgrade of the school will see the modernisation and refurbishment of school facilities and improved amenities for students. The Victorian School Building Authority is currently working with the school community on the scope of these works. The Labor Government is also getting on with the job of removing asbestos from schools, through a $379.5 million investment in asbestos removal – including here at Red Hill. The asbestos-contained building was replaced with a state-of-the-art modular building, complete with four new general-purpose classrooms, outdoor learning spaces and a staff room. This is part of our work to remove asbestos that may pose a future risk from school buildings. By the end of 2020, 100 new permanent modular school buildings will have been delivered by the Government. These buildings are constructed off-site and assembled at schools to minimise disruption. The works at Red Hill Consolidated School are part of the Labor Government’s $5.6 billion school building boom, which also includes the largest ever removal of asbestos-containing materials from our schools. It’s all part of the Labor Government’s record investment in school infrastructure that is delivering more than 1,400 school upgrades and supporting 7,500 construction jobs for Victorians. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Across Victoria, we are building and upgrading schools so our students have the best facilities, our classrooms have the best teachers and every child is given every chance to succeed.” “Upgrading Red Hill Consolidated School will give local students access to great local classrooms and school facilities, because you can’t deliver a first-rate education in second-rate classrooms.” Quote attributable to Member for Nepean Chris Brayne “It’s only Labor that’s fixing and upgrading schools in our community. This project will give our hard-working students in Red Hill and across the Mornington Peninsula the school facilities they need to grow and thrive.”  

Building The Best School Facilities In Dandenong

Dandenong High School students are learning in the first-rate facilities they deserve with more cutting-edge buildings on the way, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Dandenong Gabrielle William today visited Dandenong High School to officially open the school’s new library and to confirm the Labor Government will provide a further $8.4 million to complete the facilities upgrade. Designed by award-winning architect Hayball and built by HLC Constructions, the school’s newly refurbished $3 million library provides senior students with a specialised visual arts and media centre, giving them a leading-edge environment to learn and create in. The final stage of the Labor Government’s $11.4 million facilities upgrade at Dandenong High includes a new science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) centre to give students the educational setting needed to develop problem solving and collaborative skills. A new canteen and state of the art food technology centre will provide students with hands-on learning to help launch them into the careers they want in the years to come. The visit coincides with the 10th anniversary celebrations of the merging of three Dandenong schools in 2009 to form what is now Dandenong High School. The Labor Government has invested $5.6 billion to deliver more than 1,400 school upgrades, supporting over 7500 construction jobs for Victorians. A total of 100 new schools will open by 2026 under the Labor Government’s school building boom, ensuring every child has a great local school and a great start in life. This building boom will continue over the coming years, with the government having already appointed builders to start delivering 11 schools across the state that will open in 2020 and 14 schools that will open in 2021. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “I’m exceptionally proud to be here to celebrate Dandenong High School’s 10th anniversary with students and staff. I’m also delighted to see the continuation of the building journey the school has been on ever since the Dandenong schools merged together to form this fantastic campus.” “Across Victoria, we are building and upgrading schools so our students have the best facilities, our classrooms have the best teachers and every child is given every chance to succeed.” Quotes attributable to Member for Dandenong Gabrielle Williams “Our local schools are doing a wonderful job educating the next generation of leaders. These new facilities will open even more doors for our students.” Download the Media Release (218 KB)

Building The Best School Facilities In Dandenong

Dandenong High School students are learning in the first-rate facilities they deserve with more cutting-edge buildings on the way, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Dandenong Gabrielle William today visited Dandenong High School to officially open the school’s new library and to confirm the Labor Government will provide a further $8.4 million to complete the facilities upgrade. Designed by award-winning architect Hayball and built by HLC Constructions, the school’s newly refurbished $3 million library provides senior students with a specialised visual arts and media centre, giving them a leading-edge environment to learn and create in. The final stage of the Labor Government’s $11.4 million facilities upgrade at Dandenong High includes a new science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) centre to give students the educational setting needed to develop problem solving and collaborative skills. A new canteen and state of the art food technology centre will provide students with hands-on learning to help launch them into the careers they want in the years to come. The visit coincides with the 10th anniversary celebrations of the merging of three Dandenong schools in 2009 to form what is now Dandenong High School. The Labor Government has invested $5.6 billion to deliver more than 1,400 school upgrades, supporting over 7500 construction jobs for Victorians. A total of 100 new schools will open by 2026 under the Labor Government’s school building boom, ensuring every child has a great local school and a great start in life. This building boom will continue over the coming years, with the government having already appointed builders to start delivering 11 schools across the state that will open in 2020 and 14 schools that will open in 2021. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “I’m exceptionally proud to be here to celebrate Dandenong High School’s 10th anniversary with students and staff. I’m also delighted to see the continuation of the building journey the school has been on ever since the Dandenong schools merged together to form this fantastic campus.” “Across Victoria, we are building and upgrading schools so our students have the best facilities, our classrooms have the best teachers and every child is given every chance to succeed.” Quotes attributable to Member for Dandenong Gabrielle Williams “Our local schools are doing a wonderful job educating the next generation of leaders. These new facilities will open even more doors for our students.” Download the Media Release (218 KB)

GETTING RID OF TWO MORE LEVEL CROSSINGS IN MELBOURNE’S EAST

The Andrews Labor Government will build rail bridges to remove two more dangerous and congested level crossings in Melbourne’s East. Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan joined Member for Monbulk James Merlino to reveal designs for the Manchester Road, Mooroolbark and Maroondah Highway, Lilydale level crossing removals. Both clog streets and put lives at risk, with 13 crashes in the past decade, one of them fatal. More than 53,000 vehicles use the crossings each day, where the boom gates can be down for up to a quarter of the morning peak. New elevated stations will be built as part of the crossing removals, with up to 450 new and upgraded car parking spaces to be built at Mooroolbark through the Labor Government’s Car Parks for Commuters Fund. At Lilydale, the station and bus interchange will be relocated to better integrate with the town centre. Walking and cycling connections will be improved between the town centre, new station and the Lilydale-Warburton Trail. The preferred designs are up to 18 months quicker to build than lowering the rail line into a trench — meaning less impact on residents, traders and transport users. Lowering the line would also mean extensive land acquisition, greater loss of trees, the relocation of major underground services and an increased risk of flooding. The project will be complete in 2022 and will lay the ground work for further line upgrades, including the duplication of sections of the Lilydale line and a potential new station between Mooroolbark and Lilydale. The crossing removals are part of a huge pipeline of major rail upgrades underway across Victoria to deliver more services, bigger trains and the Metro Tunnel. Later this month, power upgrades and maintenance will be carried out on the weekend between the end of the AFL season and the start of football finals. From the night of Friday 30 August through to the early hours of Monday 2 September, an intensive program of around-the-clock works will require the overhead power to be switched off at Southern Cross Station, as close to a kilometre of overhead wiring is installed and a new double-storey substation switched on. To enable these works to be carried out safely, buses will replace trains on parts of the Werribee, Williamstown, Sunbury, Craigieburn, Upfield and Geelong lines. Coaches will replace V/Line services on the Bairnsdale line. Buses will also replace trains along all or part of the Cranbourne, Pakenham, Frankston and Sandringham lines to enable resurfacing and drainage upgrades on platforms at South Yarra station, and no trains will run through the City Loop – with trams and additional bus services keeping people moving throughout the city. To find plan your journey, visit ptv.vic.gov.au. To find out major projects near you, visit bigbuild.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan “These rail bridges and state of the art stations will transform these communities – reducing congestion, boosting safety and making it easier to get to and from the train.” “We’re getting on with the work needed to run more services, bigger trains and a better rail network for Victoria.” Quote attributable to Member for Monbulk James Merlino “Removing these level crossings and building two new stations will make a huge difference for Lilydale and Mooroolbark. We’ve fought long and hard to see them go – and we’re delivering.” Media Contact: Matthew Dixon 0438 190 148 | Matthew.Dixon@minstaff.vic.gov.au

GETTING RID OF TWO MORE LEVEL CROSSINGS IN MELBOURNE’S EAST

The Andrews Labor Government will build rail bridges to remove two more dangerous and congested level crossings in Melbourne’s East. Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan joined Member for Monbulk James Merlino to reveal designs for the Manchester Road, Mooroolbark and Maroondah Highway, Lilydale level crossing removals. Both clog streets and put lives at risk, with 13 crashes in the past decade, one of them fatal. More than 53,000 vehicles use the crossings each day, where the boom gates can be down for up to a quarter of the morning peak. New elevated stations will be built as part of the crossing removals, with up to 450 new and upgraded car parking spaces to be built at Mooroolbark through the Labor Government’s Car Parks for Commuters Fund. At Lilydale, the station and bus interchange will be relocated to better integrate with the town centre. Walking and cycling connections will be improved between the town centre, new station and the Lilydale-Warburton Trail. The preferred designs are up to 18 months quicker to build than lowering the rail line into a trench — meaning less impact on residents, traders and transport users. Lowering the line would also mean extensive land acquisition, greater loss of trees, the relocation of major underground services and an increased risk of flooding. The project will be complete in 2022 and will lay the ground work for further line upgrades, including the duplication of sections of the Lilydale line and a potential new station between Mooroolbark and Lilydale. The crossing removals are part of a huge pipeline of major rail upgrades underway across Victoria to deliver more services, bigger trains and the Metro Tunnel. Later this month, power upgrades and maintenance will be carried out on the weekend between the end of the AFL season and the start of football finals. From the night of Friday 30 August through to the early hours of Monday 2 September, an intensive program of around-the-clock works will require the overhead power to be switched off at Southern Cross Station, as close to a kilometre of overhead wiring is installed and a new double-storey substation switched on. To enable these works to be carried out safely, buses will replace trains on parts of the Werribee, Williamstown, Sunbury, Craigieburn, Upfield and Geelong lines. Coaches will replace V/Line services on the Bairnsdale line. Buses will also replace trains along all or part of the Cranbourne, Pakenham, Frankston and Sandringham lines to enable resurfacing and drainage upgrades on platforms at South Yarra station, and no trains will run through the City Loop – with trams and additional bus services keeping people moving throughout the city. To find plan your journey, visit ptv.vic.gov.au. To find out major projects near you, visit bigbuild.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan “These rail bridges and state of the art stations will transform these communities – reducing congestion, boosting safety and making it easier to get to and from the train.” “We’re getting on with the work needed to run more services, bigger trains and a better rail network for Victoria.” Quote attributable to Member for Monbulk James Merlino “Removing these level crossings and building two new stations will make a huge difference for Lilydale and Mooroolbark. We’ve fought long and hard to see them go – and we’re delivering.” Media Contact: Matthew Dixon 0438 190 148 | Matthew.Dixon@minstaff.vic.gov.au

 

KILSYTH CENTRE FOR EXCELLENCE DELIVERS AUSSIE RULES HUB

Australian Rules players of all ages and abilities will now have access to the redeveloped Centre for Excellence in Kilsyth. Member for Monbulk James Merlino today joined community members in opening the newly completed sporting hub. The $2.9 million project received $900,000 from the Andrews Labor Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund, which supports the creation of community connections, enhanced services, and improved local opportunities for Melbourne’s fastest growing municipalities. This Kilsyth Centre for Excellence is home to the AFL Victorian Eastern Ranges Football Club and the AFL Yarra Ranges Region Commission, with the upgrade to deliver elite male and female training and competition facilities specialising in coaching and player development, and further opportunities for youths of all skill levels. The upgrades include a multi-purpose space, mixed gender change rooms, umpire spaces, a kitchen, administration facilities, gymnasium, storage and associated amenities to support more than 3500 people who use the centre, including more than 300 junior interleague athletes, with a further 500 participants involved in coaching education and development programs. The upgraded facilities also enable an AFL Youth Girls Academy to be run out of Kilsyth The project was delivered by the Yarra Ranges Shire Council, which contributed $1 million towards the centre. The Australian Government, through the Community Development Grants Program and the AFL, provided $500,000 and $550,000 respectively towards the project. The Growing Suburbs Fund has invested more than $17 million in 15 Growing Suburbs Fund projects in the Yarra Ranges Shire since the fund began in 2015-16, supporting a vibrant local community. More information on the Growing Suburbs Fund at: https://www.localgovernment.vic.gov.au/grants/growing-suburbs-fund Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Adem Somyurek “Thanks to our Suburbs Fund, the people of Kilsyth and the Yarra Ranges have access to a great new sporting facility that will become a centre for Aussie rules development and other community activities.” “The Kilsyth Centre for Excellence is the latest of 15 projects our Growing Suburbs Fund is supporting across the Yarra Ranges Shire, which will enhance local community life.” Quotes attributable to Member for Monbulk, James Merlino MP “It’s exciting to see the Growing Suburbs Fund bring a new home to Aussie Rules in our area with the bigger and better Kilsyth Centre for Excellence. “Girls and boys, kids and adults will get to enjoy this new centre. I hope to see the next generation of world-class Aussie rules stars come through this centre, made possible by our Growing Suburbs Fund.”

KILSYTH CENTRE FOR EXCELLENCE DELIVERS AUSSIE RULES HUB

Australian Rules players of all ages and abilities will now have access to the redeveloped Centre for Excellence in Kilsyth. Member for Monbulk James Merlino today joined community members in opening the newly completed sporting hub. The $2.9 million project received $900,000 from the Andrews Labor Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund, which supports the creation of community connections, enhanced services, and improved local opportunities for Melbourne’s fastest growing municipalities. This Kilsyth Centre for Excellence is home to the AFL Victorian Eastern Ranges Football Club and the AFL Yarra Ranges Region Commission, with the upgrade to deliver elite male and female training and competition facilities specialising in coaching and player development, and further opportunities for youths of all skill levels. The upgrades include a multi-purpose space, mixed gender change rooms, umpire spaces, a kitchen, administration facilities, gymnasium, storage and associated amenities to support more than 3500 people who use the centre, including more than 300 junior interleague athletes, with a further 500 participants involved in coaching education and development programs. The upgraded facilities also enable an AFL Youth Girls Academy to be run out of Kilsyth The project was delivered by the Yarra Ranges Shire Council, which contributed $1 million towards the centre. The Australian Government, through the Community Development Grants Program and the AFL, provided $500,000 and $550,000 respectively towards the project. The Growing Suburbs Fund has invested more than $17 million in 15 Growing Suburbs Fund projects in the Yarra Ranges Shire since the fund began in 2015-16, supporting a vibrant local community. More information on the Growing Suburbs Fund at: https://www.localgovernment.vic.gov.au/grants/growing-suburbs-fund Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Adem Somyurek “Thanks to our Suburbs Fund, the people of Kilsyth and the Yarra Ranges have access to a great new sporting facility that will become a centre for Aussie rules development and other community activities.” “The Kilsyth Centre for Excellence is the latest of 15 projects our Growing Suburbs Fund is supporting across the Yarra Ranges Shire, which will enhance local community life.” Quotes attributable to Member for Monbulk, James Merlino MP “It’s exciting to see the Growing Suburbs Fund bring a new home to Aussie Rules in our area with the bigger and better Kilsyth Centre for Excellence. “Girls and boys, kids and adults will get to enjoy this new centre. I hope to see the next generation of world-class Aussie rules stars come through this centre, made possible by our Growing Suburbs Fund.”

New Primary School For Armstrong Creek Students

Students from Armstrong Creek West will soon be learning and thriving in a brand new primary school, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for South Barwon Darren Cheeseman today toured the recently completed $20.2 million Armstrong Creek West Primary School (interim name), meeting with its Principal and discussing the tremendous potential of this new school for local students and the community. Armstrong Creek West Primary School (interim name) has modern classrooms, flexible learning spaces, a performing arts and physical education complex, sports field and multi-use hard courts and administration buildings on an expansive green-landscaped campus. The school will open in Term 1 2020, and it will cater for 475 students. Designed by Architectus and built by KANE the school has been designed to provide a great education for students of the growing Bellarine Peninsula community. The Labor Government is delivering on its promise to the Armstrong Creek community that that they will receive the great local schools they deserve. The Labor Government has invested $5.6 billion to deliver more than 1,400 school upgrades and supporting over 7,500 construction jobs for Victorians. Under the Labor Government’s school building boom, a total of 100 new schools will open by 2026, ensuring every child can access a great local school and get a great start in life. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “I’d like to congratulate everyone involved in this massive project. It is wonderful to see this vision become a reality for the local community.” “Across Victoria, we are building and upgrading schools so our students have the best facilities, our classrooms have the best teachers and every child is given every chance to succeed.” Quote attributable to Member for South Barwon Darren Cheeseman “Armstrong Creek West Primary School (interim name) will give local students the education they need to get the best out of life.” Download the Media Release (218 KB)

New Primary School For Armstrong Creek Students

Students from Armstrong Creek West will soon be learning and thriving in a brand new primary school, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for South Barwon Darren Cheeseman today toured the recently completed $20.2 million Armstrong Creek West Primary School (interim name), meeting with its Principal and discussing the tremendous potential of this new school for local students and the community. Armstrong Creek West Primary School (interim name) has modern classrooms, flexible learning spaces, a performing arts and physical education complex, sports field and multi-use hard courts and administration buildings on an expansive green-landscaped campus. The school will open in Term 1 2020, and it will cater for 475 students. Designed by Architectus and built by KANE the school has been designed to provide a great education for students of the growing Bellarine Peninsula community. The Labor Government is delivering on its promise to the Armstrong Creek community that that they will receive the great local schools they deserve. The Labor Government has invested $5.6 billion to deliver more than 1,400 school upgrades and supporting over 7,500 construction jobs for Victorians. Under the Labor Government’s school building boom, a total of 100 new schools will open by 2026, ensuring every child can access a great local school and get a great start in life. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “I’d like to congratulate everyone involved in this massive project. It is wonderful to see this vision become a reality for the local community.” “Across Victoria, we are building and upgrading schools so our students have the best facilities, our classrooms have the best teachers and every child is given every chance to succeed.” Quote attributable to Member for South Barwon Darren Cheeseman “Armstrong Creek West Primary School (interim name) will give local students the education they need to get the best out of life.” Download the Media Release (218 KB)

Great New Classrooms And Facilities For Geelong Students

Geelong students are now learning in bigger, better classrooms and school facilities – with more exciting upgrades to come thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Geelong Chris Couzens today visited Geelong High School to open the completed stages of $22.7 million in upgrades, celebrating with excited students and staff. The upgraded C.A. Love Hall hosts a complete lighting and audio presentation system, digital projector and kitchenette supporting Geelong High School’s proud reputation for music and the performing arts. The school’s Kroger Building has also been completely transformed with new classrooms, library, canteen and wellbeing area all giving students a great environment to learn, create and relax. Construction works are underway on a new technology centre, with more classrooms and specialised mixed-media and visual communications learning areas for the school’s Winstanley building and RJ Vague wing. These works are forecast to be completed in the first half of 2020. Designed by McGlashan Everist Architecture and built by Ireland Brown Constructions, the facilities will mean teachers can deliver the 21st century education Geelong High School students need to succeed. The Labor Government is delivering on its promise to Geelong High School students to give them the great local school they deserve. The Labor Government has invested $5.6 billion to deliver more than 1,400 school upgrades and supporting over 7,500 construction jobs for Victorians. Under the Labor Government’s school building boom, 100 new schools will open by 2026, ensuring every child can access a great local school and get a great start in life. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “This is a long project and it’s wonderful to see the vision for Geelong High School turn into a reality. This will benefit not only current students, but the next generation of students who pass through these doors.” “Across Victoria, we are building and upgrading schools so our students have the best facilities, our classrooms have the best teachers and every child is given every chance to succeed.” Quote attributable to Member for Geelong Chris Couzens “Geelong High School is a great school with promising students and hardworking teachers – this major upgrade will give students the modern facilities they need to get the best out of their education.”   Download the Media Release (217 KB)

Great New Classrooms And Facilities For Geelong Students

Geelong students are now learning in bigger, better classrooms and school facilities – with more exciting upgrades to come thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Geelong Chris Couzens today visited Geelong High School to open the completed stages of $22.7 million in upgrades, celebrating with excited students and staff. The upgraded C.A. Love Hall hosts a complete lighting and audio presentation system, digital projector and kitchenette supporting Geelong High School’s proud reputation for music and the performing arts. The school’s Kroger Building has also been completely transformed with new classrooms, library, canteen and wellbeing area all giving students a great environment to learn, create and relax. Construction works are underway on a new technology centre, with more classrooms and specialised mixed-media and visual communications learning areas for the school’s Winstanley building and RJ Vague wing. These works are forecast to be completed in the first half of 2020. Designed by McGlashan Everist Architecture and built by Ireland Brown Constructions, the facilities will mean teachers can deliver the 21st century education Geelong High School students need to succeed. The Labor Government is delivering on its promise to Geelong High School students to give them the great local school they deserve. The Labor Government has invested $5.6 billion to deliver more than 1,400 school upgrades and supporting over 7,500 construction jobs for Victorians. Under the Labor Government’s school building boom, 100 new schools will open by 2026, ensuring every child can access a great local school and get a great start in life. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “This is a long project and it’s wonderful to see the vision for Geelong High School turn into a reality. This will benefit not only current students, but the next generation of students who pass through these doors.” “Across Victoria, we are building and upgrading schools so our students have the best facilities, our classrooms have the best teachers and every child is given every chance to succeed.” Quote attributable to Member for Geelong Chris Couzens “Geelong High School is a great school with promising students and hardworking teachers – this major upgrade will give students the modern facilities they need to get the best out of their education.”   Download the Media Release (217 KB)

Oberon South Primary School Students To Enjoy New School Facilities From Term 1, 2021

Geelong students will soon be learning in new classrooms and a better building as a great local primary school moves to a new home, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Geelong Chris Couzens today visited Oberon South Primary School to announce that from Term 1, 2021, its students will be learning in a $4.59 million building as part of the move, giving students new first-class education facilities. In 2021, the students and staff of Oberon South Primary School will move into a new building at the neighbouring Oberon High School campus at Kidman Avenue, Belmont. Oberon High School will also operate from the new Armstrong Creek site at the beginning of 2021. The new, architecturally-designed modular building for Oberon South Primary School will be constructed in a factory and brought to the new school location over the 2020 school year. This means the students and teachers will get this new building sooner, with minimal disruption to students’ day-to-day education. With its new home on Kidman Avenue, Oberon South Primary School will be closer to the Belmont Community Kindergarten – making drop-off and pick-up easier for families with children attending at both locations. The move also presents a great opportunity for the school and kindergarten to cooperate on teaching programs and create a smoother transition for kinder kids heading into Prep. The Victorian School Building Authority will work with the school to design this new building to develop creative thinking, promote STEM literacy and inspire learning for life. Oberon South Primary School was allocated $3.39 million in the 2019/20 Victorian Budget, and $1.2 million in the 2018/19 Victorian Budget. These two allocations will be combined to give Oberon South Primary School $4.59 million for the design and construction of its new home at Kidman Avenue. The Labor Government is delivering on its promise to Oberon South Primary School students to give them the great local school they deserve. The Victorian Government has invested $5.6 billion to deliver more than 1,400 school upgrades and supporting over 7,500 construction jobs for Victorians. Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Oberon South Primary School has an exciting future, with a great new home on the horizon. It has been planned so that it is minimally disruptive to the school community.” Quote to be attributed to Member for Geelong Chris Couzens “Not only will children benefit from these new facilities, but families will also find it easier to have a single drop off for their children at school and kindergarten.” Download the Media Release (222 KB)

Oberon South Primary School Students To Enjoy New School Facilities From Term 1, 2021

Geelong students will soon be learning in new classrooms and a better building as a great local primary school moves to a new home, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Geelong Chris Couzens today visited Oberon South Primary School to announce that from Term 1, 2021, its students will be learning in a $4.59 million building as part of the move, giving students new first-class education facilities. In 2021, the students and staff of Oberon South Primary School will move into a new building at the neighbouring Oberon High School campus at Kidman Avenue, Belmont. Oberon High School will also operate from the new Armstrong Creek site at the beginning of 2021. The new, architecturally-designed modular building for Oberon South Primary School will be constructed in a factory and brought to the new school location over the 2020 school year. This means the students and teachers will get this new building sooner, with minimal disruption to students’ day-to-day education. With its new home on Kidman Avenue, Oberon South Primary School will be closer to the Belmont Community Kindergarten – making drop-off and pick-up easier for families with children attending at both locations. The move also presents a great opportunity for the school and kindergarten to cooperate on teaching programs and create a smoother transition for kinder kids heading into Prep. The Victorian School Building Authority will work with the school to design this new building to develop creative thinking, promote STEM literacy and inspire learning for life. Oberon South Primary School was allocated $3.39 million in the 2019/20 Victorian Budget, and $1.2 million in the 2018/19 Victorian Budget. These two allocations will be combined to give Oberon South Primary School $4.59 million for the design and construction of its new home at Kidman Avenue. The Labor Government is delivering on its promise to Oberon South Primary School students to give them the great local school they deserve. The Victorian Government has invested $5.6 billion to deliver more than 1,400 school upgrades and supporting over 7,500 construction jobs for Victorians. Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Oberon South Primary School has an exciting future, with a great new home on the horizon. It has been planned so that it is minimally disruptive to the school community.” Quote to be attributed to Member for Geelong Chris Couzens “Not only will children benefit from these new facilities, but families will also find it easier to have a single drop off for their children at school and kindergarten.” Download the Media Release (222 KB)

Better School Facilities For Whittington Students

Students in Whittington Primary School are getting the best out of their education in the state-of-the-art school facilities they deserve, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Geelong Chris Couzens today visited Whittington Primary School to officially open its $6.6 million new facilities. The school rebuild project included the construction of modern flexible classrooms, art room, music room and gym – giving students more opportunities to pursue their passion in the arts and explore their sporting abilities. It also includes new administration facilities and a centrally landscaped courtyard.​ The school regeneration project was designed by 3iD Architecture and the project was built by Rendine Constructions. This upgrade is part of the Labor Government’s massive investment of $5.6 billion to deliver more than 1,400 school upgrades, supporting over 7,500 construction jobs for Victorians. 100 new schools will open by 2026 under the Labor Government’s school building boom, ensuring every child has a great local school and a great start in life. The Labor Government is building the Education State so that every student can access a great local school and get a great education. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We’re building and upgrading schools in Geelong and right across the state because no matter where you live, you deserve access to a great local school.” “It’s terrific to see first-hand what students at Whittington Primary School will get out of their new state-of-the art facilities.” Quote attributable to Member for Geelong Chris Couzens “This school rebuild project is a testament to the hard work of the school community in turning their vision for Whittington Primary School into a reality.” Download the Media Release (216 KB)

Better School Facilities For Whittington Students

Students in Whittington Primary School are getting the best out of their education in the state-of-the-art school facilities they deserve, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Geelong Chris Couzens today visited Whittington Primary School to officially open its $6.6 million new facilities. The school rebuild project included the construction of modern flexible classrooms, art room, music room and gym – giving students more opportunities to pursue their passion in the arts and explore their sporting abilities. It also includes new administration facilities and a centrally landscaped courtyard.​ The school regeneration project was designed by 3iD Architecture and the project was built by Rendine Constructions. This upgrade is part of the Labor Government’s massive investment of $5.6 billion to deliver more than 1,400 school upgrades, supporting over 7,500 construction jobs for Victorians. 100 new schools will open by 2026 under the Labor Government’s school building boom, ensuring every child has a great local school and a great start in life. The Labor Government is building the Education State so that every student can access a great local school and get a great education. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We’re building and upgrading schools in Geelong and right across the state because no matter where you live, you deserve access to a great local school.” “It’s terrific to see first-hand what students at Whittington Primary School will get out of their new state-of-the art facilities.” Quote attributable to Member for Geelong Chris Couzens “This school rebuild project is a testament to the hard work of the school community in turning their vision for Whittington Primary School into a reality.” Download the Media Release (216 KB)

New School Facilities For Bangholme Students

The Andrews Labor Government is making sure students in Melbourne’s southeast have the school facilities they deserve for a great education. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Mordialloc Tim Richardson today visited Cornish College to officially open its new $4 million VCE Centre. The centre includes new senior year classrooms and a study area, to provide VCE students with spaces that have less noise and distraction. The new centre also gives the school to a dedicated space for its senior years’ learning program that is distinct and tailored to match the needs of VCE students. The new facilities will also free up space to create a dedicated Year 7 centre and provide appropriate study areas and a tutorial room for learning support and integration aides in the senior school. Designed by McGlashan Everist and built by Raysett Constructions, the new centre will mean teachers can deliver the 21st-century education Cornish College students need to succeed. The Labor Government contributed nearly $2 million to the $4 million project through its Capital Funding Program for Non-Government Schools. The Victorian 2019/20 Budget committed $402 million to the Capital Funding Program for Non-Government Schools over the next four years, to upgrade and build non-government schools across Victoria. More than one-third of Victorian students study at Catholic or independent schools. The Labor Government is building the Education State so that every student can access a great local school and get a great education. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Every student deserves access to modern school facilities and that’s what we have helped deliver for Cornish College. This means that students have resources that match the wonderful teaching already underway.” “This new centre will give senior students at Cornish College dedicated spaces to learn in the crucial VCE years.” Quote attributable to Member for Mordialloc and Parliamentary Secretary for Schools Tim Richardson “This new VCE centre will give Cornish College the modern facilities it deserves to better meet the needs of students and teachers.” Download the Media Release (210 KB)

New School Facilities For Bangholme Students

The Andrews Labor Government is making sure students in Melbourne’s southeast have the school facilities they deserve for a great education. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Mordialloc Tim Richardson today visited Cornish College to officially open its new $4 million VCE Centre. The centre includes new senior year classrooms and a study area, to provide VCE students with spaces that have less noise and distraction. The new centre also gives the school to a dedicated space for its senior years’ learning program that is distinct and tailored to match the needs of VCE students. The new facilities will also free up space to create a dedicated Year 7 centre and provide appropriate study areas and a tutorial room for learning support and integration aides in the senior school. Designed by McGlashan Everist and built by Raysett Constructions, the new centre will mean teachers can deliver the 21st-century education Cornish College students need to succeed. The Labor Government contributed nearly $2 million to the $4 million project through its Capital Funding Program for Non-Government Schools. The Victorian 2019/20 Budget committed $402 million to the Capital Funding Program for Non-Government Schools over the next four years, to upgrade and build non-government schools across Victoria. More than one-third of Victorian students study at Catholic or independent schools. The Labor Government is building the Education State so that every student can access a great local school and get a great education. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Every student deserves access to modern school facilities and that’s what we have helped deliver for Cornish College. This means that students have resources that match the wonderful teaching already underway.” “This new centre will give senior students at Cornish College dedicated spaces to learn in the crucial VCE years.” Quote attributable to Member for Mordialloc and Parliamentary Secretary for Schools Tim Richardson “This new VCE centre will give Cornish College the modern facilities it deserves to better meet the needs of students and teachers.” Download the Media Release (210 KB)

New Early Learning Centre For Mentone Families

Families with young children in Mentone will now have access to the quality local kindergarten programs at Acacia Avenue Preschool, following a major investment from the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino, Member for Mordialloc and Parliamentary Secretary for Schools Tim Richardson and Parliamentary Secretary for Early Childhood Education Sonya Kilkenny today visited Acacia Avenue Preschool to officially open its new $2.3 million home. Excited kinder kids, parents and teachers celebrated the opening – on the same site where the old preschool building once stood. Following the upgrades, the kinder now offers an additional 38 kindergarten places for Mentone families, offering a total of 76 kindergarten places. The new preschool includes two indoor early education spaces, outdoor play area, multipurpose spaces, meeting rooms and allied health consulting rooms. The not-for-profit Acacia Avenue Preschool is managed by a committee of volunteer parents and has provided local families with a kindergarten service for over 50 years. Acacia Avenue Preschool’s team of educators have many years’ experience and strong ties to the Mentone community, providing a nurturing environment for children to learn, explore and play. The Labor Government provided The City of Kingston $650,000 towards the new centre through a Children’s Facilities Capital Program grant. Victoria’s biggest early education construction boom will continue over the coming years, with the Labor Government to invest more than $1.68 billion over the next decade to build or upgrade approximately 1,000 kinders. This is part of the Government’s $5 billion commitment to deliver a full 15 hours of three-year-old kinder to every Victorian child over the next decade, with the rollout beginning in 2020. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “The new Acacia Avenue Preschool will help get Mentone kids ready for school and set them up for life.”  “Making Victoria the Education State starts with the early years, which is why we’re delivering unprecedented investment in early childhood services.” Quote attributable to Member for Mordialloc and Parliamentary Secretary for Schools Tim Richardson “This new two room kindergarten at Acacia Avenue, will greatly support the fantastic early childhood education provided to families across Mentone and Parkdale.” Download the Media Release (213 KB)

New Early Learning Centre For Mentone Families

Families with young children in Mentone will now have access to the quality local kindergarten programs at Acacia Avenue Preschool, following a major investment from the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino, Member for Mordialloc and Parliamentary Secretary for Schools Tim Richardson and Parliamentary Secretary for Early Childhood Education Sonya Kilkenny today visited Acacia Avenue Preschool to officially open its new $2.3 million home. Excited kinder kids, parents and teachers celebrated the opening – on the same site where the old preschool building once stood. Following the upgrades, the kinder now offers an additional 38 kindergarten places for Mentone families, offering a total of 76 kindergarten places. The new preschool includes two indoor early education spaces, outdoor play area, multipurpose spaces, meeting rooms and allied health consulting rooms. The not-for-profit Acacia Avenue Preschool is managed by a committee of volunteer parents and has provided local families with a kindergarten service for over 50 years. Acacia Avenue Preschool’s team of educators have many years’ experience and strong ties to the Mentone community, providing a nurturing environment for children to learn, explore and play. The Labor Government provided The City of Kingston $650,000 towards the new centre through a Children’s Facilities Capital Program grant. Victoria’s biggest early education construction boom will continue over the coming years, with the Labor Government to invest more than $1.68 billion over the next decade to build or upgrade approximately 1,000 kinders. This is part of the Government’s $5 billion commitment to deliver a full 15 hours of three-year-old kinder to every Victorian child over the next decade, with the rollout beginning in 2020. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “The new Acacia Avenue Preschool will help get Mentone kids ready for school and set them up for life.”  “Making Victoria the Education State starts with the early years, which is why we’re delivering unprecedented investment in early childhood services.” Quote attributable to Member for Mordialloc and Parliamentary Secretary for Schools Tim Richardson “This new two room kindergarten at Acacia Avenue, will greatly support the fantastic early childhood education provided to families across Mentone and Parkdale.” Download the Media Release (213 KB)

Free Transport For Shepparton Secondary Students As Plan Takes Shape

The Andrews Labor Government’s plan to ensure young people in Shepparton have more educational opportunities, choice and support is fast becoming a reality. Minister for Education James Merlino today visited Wanganui Park Secondary College to unveil the leadership team for the new Greater Shepparton College (interim name), and to announce free travel assistance for students attending the College until the college opens on a single campus. Free travel during the transition period will be available to students that currently use the School Bus Program and those new to the program. In addition, government secondary school students travelling on public transport to the College will have ticket costs fully reimbursed through the Conveyance Allowance Program until the single campus opens. Free travel will help make the transition to the exciting new secondary school as easy as possible for students and families. Mr Merlino also announced the new leadership team for Greater Shepparton College (interim name). The leadership team, who combine extensive educational experience and local knowledge with a commitment to growing the learning environment for every child in the Shepparton area, are: John Sciacca (Principal, McGuire Campus) – current principal of Nathalia Secondary College. Stephen Bolton (Principal, Mooroopna Campus) – current principal of Mooroopna Secondary College Ken Murray (Principal, Wanganui Park Campus) – current principal of Wanganui Park Secondary College Megan Michalaidis (Assistant Principal, Teaching and Learning) – current assistant principal of McGuire College. She will work across the three campuses to lead the college’s approach to teaching and learning. The leadership team will be led by Executive Principal Genevieve Simson, who previously taught at Mooroopna Secondary College and McGuire College. The Labor Government has committed $21.5 million to make the long-term Shepparton Education Plan – including the new Greater Shepparton College (interim name) – a reality, to ensure every student in the region gets the opportunity for a great education at a great local school. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Making bus travel free for the transition period will help ensure a smooth transition that minimises impacts on students and their families.” “Despite the great work of our teachers, student outcomes in Shepparton are below national averages. The Shepparton Education Plan will give every student in the region access to a fantastic education with a wider range of subjects, support and facilities.” Quote attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp “These leaders are some of Shepparton’s best and brightest educators and I know their passion for learning will match that of the school community.” Download the Media Release (224 KB)

Free Transport For Shepparton Secondary Students As Plan Takes Shape

The Andrews Labor Government’s plan to ensure young people in Shepparton have more educational opportunities, choice and support is fast becoming a reality. Minister for Education James Merlino today visited Wanganui Park Secondary College to unveil the leadership team for the new Greater Shepparton College (interim name), and to announce free travel assistance for students attending the College until the college opens on a single campus. Free travel during the transition period will be available to students that currently use the School Bus Program and those new to the program. In addition, government secondary school students travelling on public transport to the College will have ticket costs fully reimbursed through the Conveyance Allowance Program until the single campus opens. Free travel will help make the transition to the exciting new secondary school as easy as possible for students and families. Mr Merlino also announced the new leadership team for Greater Shepparton College (interim name). The leadership team, who combine extensive educational experience and local knowledge with a commitment to growing the learning environment for every child in the Shepparton area, are: John Sciacca (Principal, McGuire Campus) – current principal of Nathalia Secondary College. Stephen Bolton (Principal, Mooroopna Campus) – current principal of Mooroopna Secondary College Ken Murray (Principal, Wanganui Park Campus) – current principal of Wanganui Park Secondary College Megan Michalaidis (Assistant Principal, Teaching and Learning) – current assistant principal of McGuire College. She will work across the three campuses to lead the college’s approach to teaching and learning. The leadership team will be led by Executive Principal Genevieve Simson, who previously taught at Mooroopna Secondary College and McGuire College. The Labor Government has committed $21.5 million to make the long-term Shepparton Education Plan – including the new Greater Shepparton College (interim name) – a reality, to ensure every student in the region gets the opportunity for a great education at a great local school. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Making bus travel free for the transition period will help ensure a smooth transition that minimises impacts on students and their families.” “Despite the great work of our teachers, student outcomes in Shepparton are below national averages. The Shepparton Education Plan will give every student in the region access to a fantastic education with a wider range of subjects, support and facilities.” Quote attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp “These leaders are some of Shepparton’s best and brightest educators and I know their passion for learning will match that of the school community.” Download the Media Release (224 KB)