Andrews Labor Government building the Education State in Point Cook

Andrews Labor Government building the Education State in Point Cook

1Students in Point Cook are big winners in the Andrews Labor Government’s first State Budget.

The 2015-2016 Victorian Budget includes funding for purchase of land for Point Cook Senior, with further funding to be provided in future Budgets.

In total, $40 million has been allocated to fulfil the Government’s commitment to the purchase of land for schools in Victoria’s growth areas, including Point Cook Senior, with the school due to be completed by 2018.

Point Cook South P-9 will be constructed under a Public Private Partnership, with the tendering process for 13 schools currently underway. Schools built under the PPP will open in two phases, with some opening in 2017 and some in 2018.

Further details on the delivery of Point Cook South P-9 will be available following the completion of the tender process.

The Labor Government has used its first Budget to inject a massive $730 million back into school infrastructure to build and upgrade schools across Victoria, ensuring students are educated in the school environments they deserve.

Under an extensive and revitalised schools building program, scores of Victorian government schools will be renovated, refurbished and rebuilt. New schools will be constructed and brand-new relocatable classrooms will be delivered to meet demand at growing schools.

The Budget also funds the first stage of an extensive asbestos removal program so that families can be assured their children are being educated in safe schools.

It also includes $120 million to build and upgrade Catholic and independent schools across the state, matching the non-government sector’s contribution dollar-for-dollar.

 

Other education commitments in the 2015-16 Victorian Budget include:

  • $35 million for 120 brand new relocatable classrooms to meet the demand of schools bursting at the seams
  • More than $25 million in extra funding for school maintenance
  • $10 million for an Inclusive Schools Package to provide additional infrastructure and equipment to support students with disabilities at schools across the state.

 

Quotes attributable to the Member for Altona District, Jill Hennessy:

“We can measure the quality of our education system by the quality of our government schools – which is why I am delighted to see schools in Point Cook receiving funding.”

“The Andrews Labor Government is committed to delivering both Point Cook Senior and Point Cook South P-9, to ensure students in this key growth corridor can access high quality local schools.”

“We are transforming Victoria into the Education State so that all children have access to high-quality schools regardless of their background and where they live.”

Quote attributable to the Minister for Education, James Merlino

“This is the biggest education Budget ever, because Victorian students deserve nothing less.”

 

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