Member for Monbulk James Merlino today launched a community competition to rename the former Swinburne Lilydale University site.

Box Hill Institute was the successful bidder for the site following an RFP process and will reopen the former Swinburne campus, with classes set to start in early 2016.

Mr Merlino said the local community campaigned for the site to reopen so it is only fitting that they have a say in what the campus will be called.

The campus will be more than just a TAFE and educational hub; it will act as a community precinct and will take pride of place in Lilydale.

A panel of judges will include representatives from Government, Box Hill, William Angliss and a member of the community.

The Andrews Labor Government provided $10 million towards reopening the campus and rebuilding vocational training and higher education in the Yarra Valley.

Box Hill Institute’s revolutionary plan for the campus includes TAFE and higher education courses, an integrated childcare centre, a state-of-the-art Tech School and a Bio Security Centre of Excellence.

The former Liberal Government neglected our TAFEs forcing the closure of campuses, including Lilydale which closed its doors in June 2013.

Reopening the campus was part of the Labor Government’s Education State commitment to build better futures for all Victorians.

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Quotes attributable to Member for Monbulk James Merlino

“The local community launched an unprecedented campaign to reopen the site which was closed by the former Liberal Government. They deserve to have a say on what the site will be called.  ”

Quotes attributable to Minister for Training and Skills Steve Herbert

The site brings together schools, TAFEs and Universities to meet the needs of the Yarra Valley community and we’ll be looking for a name that encompasses that.”

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