Labor Restarts Planning For A Primary School In Docklands

The Andrews Labor Government has restarted planning for a new primary school in Docklands after four years of stalling under the previous Liberal Government.

The previous Liberal Government refused to release the findings of the study, and over four years failed to make any progress or plans on how to meet the massive growth in families and kids who will call the CBD and Docklands home.

Minister for Education, James Merlino, today finally released the 2012 Docklands/North Melbourne Feasibility Study, while also moving to resume the planning process for a new primary school by commissioning a survey.

The survey will identify school needs and priorities in Docklands, North Melbourne, Melbourne CBD and Carlton, based on demographic projections. It will also assess the suitability of potential sites and examine the long-term impact of the Fishermans Bend development on school demand.

The local community, City of Melbourne, developers and Metropolitan Planning Authority will be consulted as part of the survey’s work.

The Labor Government’s 2015-16 Victorian Budget provides a $111 million package to support the building of 10 new schools in Melbourne’s growth and established areas – including inner city schools South Melbourne Park Primary School, Richmond Secondary College, Prahran Secondary College and the Footscray Learning Precinct.

Pressure on inner city schools will be further eased through the $10 million rebuild of Carlton Primary School and ongoing planning for a new primary school at Ferrars St, South Melbourne.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Education, James Merlino

“We promised to restart the planning process for a new primary school in Docklands, and we’re keeping our word and getting on with it.”

“The Liberals sat on their hands for four years and did nothing for families. They refused to release the feasibility study, and they stalled the planning process for a new primary school.”

“The Andrews Labor Government is making Victoria the Education State. We’re ensuring that families have access to high-quality schools, especially in areas with growing communities.”

 

BRI 003226 release of Docklands feasibility Study – Attachment A

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