Education Wrap Up: Funding Allocated for 13 New Schools

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The names and locations of 13 new metro schools to be delivered in 2023 have been announced, as part of the state government’s promise to open 100 new schools by 2026.

$1.6 billion was reserved in the 2021 state budget for the school building blitz, and the government has since confirmed the new schools in the package will also receive state of the art sporting and performing arts facilities.

All new primary schools will also feature libraries, art, food and science spaces, outdoor sports courts, playing fields, playgrounds and bike shelters. 

It is expected that over 3,500 construction jobs will be created throughout the construction period. 

North Melbourne Primary School will receive a new, $43 million campus with a landscaped playground, outdoor amphitheatre, a performing arts centre and a competition-grade gymnasium.

Acting Premier and Education Minister James Merlino said most of the new schools will be built in high-growth areas.

“We’re ensuring that our kids have the bright futures they deserve which is why we’re investing $1.6bn through the 2021-22 Victorian budget to build new schools and improve existing schools,

“We’re responding to demographic shifts by building new schools where they are needed most,” Mr Merlino said.

Other new schools on the list include Lollypop Creek Primary in Werribee, Riverdale East Primary in Tarneit and Camms Road Primary in Cranbourne, areas that are experiencing high population growth.

In the north, new primary schools will be provided for families in Mickleham, Craigieburn, Donnybrook and Wollert, while the outer west will receive new schools in Tarneit and Rockbank, and a further two in the southeast will be built, in Officer and Manor Lakes.

Also announced in the package was Truganina North Secondary School, which, when opened in 2024, will be the 62nd school to open since 2019.

“We are now ahead of schedule in [our] commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026,” Minister Merlino said.

Builders likely to tender for the new school projects include Kane, ADCO, Hansen Yuncken, Hutchinson and Ireland Brown.

Ireland Brown is currently working with the state government on Stage 2 of  the Growth Area School Project, delivering Doherty’s Creek College and Saltwater College, both due for completion in November this year.

ADCO has also worked with the government on the schools project, having delivered eight primary schools in growth areas for the $180 million VSBA 2020 bundle.

Also for the VSBA, Hutchinson is currently constructing Fishermans Bend Secondary College in Port Melbourne, which is due for completion this year.

Hutchies also recently completed the Footscray Learning Precinct, which included a new middle campus for Footscray High School and a learning communities building to support growing enrolment numbers.

Hansen Yuncken are currently building The Greater Shepparton Secondary College, which is set to open for students in 2022.

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