Malcolm Turnbull’s plan to abandon public schools in Victoria is extraordinary. We have a Prime Minister who preaches the importance of innovation but wants to cut federal funding to public education. There is no innovation without a strong public education system. This is just a..
Archives for March, 2016
Minister for Local Government Natalie Hutchins and Member for Monbulk James Merlino today announced an $809,000 boost to upgrade Montrose Town Centre, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. The library and community building in Montrose will soon be joined via an atrium to create a..
The Andrews Labor Government has today released the State of Victoria’s Children report, highlighting the need to reduce the impact of disadvantage on children and young people’s education. The 2013-14 report found disadvantage in Victorian communities often lead to difficulties in a child’s education. The..
Plans for South Melbourne Park Primary School have taken a major step forward, following last night’s passage of the Land (Revocation of Reservations) Bill 2015 through the Victorian Parliament. The re-reservation of the Albert Road site for educational purposes is a key step in delivering..
Deputy Premier and Member for Monbulk, James Merlino, today released new designs and artist impressions of the $20 million state-of-the-art expansion of Eastern Health’s Angliss Hospital. The designs and impressions show how a fourth level will be constructed on top of the main Angliss Hospital..
Work has officially begun on the Belgrave Community Hub thanks to a $723,000 boost from the Andrews Labor Government. Representing Minister for Local Government Natalie Hutchins, Member for Monbulk James Merlino said the additional boost means the project can now be completed in its entirety..
Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Dandenong Gabrielle Williams today joined staff and students at Dandenong West Primary School to help celebrate cultural diversity, tackle bullying and discuss school priorities. Mr Merlino visited Dandenong West Primary, located in one of Victoria’s most culturally..
The Andrews Labor Government is getting on with the job of giving the Kilsyth community the great sport and recreation facilities it deserves. James Merlino MP, Member for Monbulk today announced a $48,000 Community Sports Infrastructure Fund grant to deliver a cricket practice net facility..
Minister for Education James Merlino today joined Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing in visiting the Morwell Regeneration Project site, as part of a tour of local schools and facilities. Concrete has now been laid for the Morwell Regeneration Project and steel structures are being..
An emerging AFL star who completed VCE while playing finals footy and a young synchronised swimmer on her way to Rio were among those recognised at this year’s Victorian School Sports Awards. Minister for Education James Merlino today joined a host of sporting stars, including..
The Andrews Labor Government has extended its kinder and schools drought-relief assistance to Ararat, recognising the hardship the community faces due to ongoing difficult dry conditions. Minister for Education James Merlino and Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos announced that access to free kindergarten,..
The School Provision Review for Preston is moving to the next stage and will now look at how best to meet the area’s education needs into the future. This review is delivering on the Andrews Labor Government’s election commitment to undertake a provision review regarding..
The Andrews Labor Government released figures today that show how much funding each government school would miss out on unless the Turnbull Liberal Government commits to funding the final two years of the Gonski Agreement. Malcolm Turnbull is short-changing Victorian students $1.1 billion over 2018..
Minister for Education James Merlino and Federal Member for Chisholm Anna Burke today helped turn the first sod in the next stage of a $5 million upgrade at Ashwood High School. The Andrews Labor Government gave Ashwood High School a funding boost in the 2014-15..
New census data released today shows the majority of Victorian children are developmentally on track, but that more support is needed to ensure more kids are capturing the opportunities of the Education State. The 2015 Australian Early Development Census measures a child’s development in social..
Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Essendon Danny Pearson today visited Mount Alexander 7-12 College in Flemington to tour its renovation works, and meet staff and students to discuss current school priorities. Mount Alexander 7-12 College received $250,000 in October 2015 through the..
Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Ivanhoe Anthony Carbines today helped turn the first sod at the $5.6 million Rosanna Golf Links Primary School refurbishment. Rosanna Golf Links Primary was allocated funding in the 2014-15 Victorian Budget for modernisation work, including construction of..
Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Ivanhoe Anthony Carbines today visited local schools to tour facilities, meet staff and students, and discuss priorities including the ongoing school provision review. A review into school provision in Banyule is now moving to the next stage,..