Victorian families will be more involved in the building and upgrading of local schools and early childhood centres than ever before, with the launch of the new Victorian School Building Authority.
Premier Daniel Andrews, Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Albert Park Martin Foley today launched the Authority and turned the first sod to start construction on a new vertical school at South Melbourne, which is to open in 2018.
South Melbourne Primary School is the first vertical government school in Victoria, with five storeys, open space on each level and competition grade netball courts on the roof top.
It is one of 42 new government schools in the construction pipeline following a record $1.8 billion investment by the Andrews Labor Government in new schools and school upgrades around the state.
The school building boom will create 4,000 construction jobs and ensure all Victorian families have access to a great school no matter where they live.
The Victorian School Building Authority will deliver a record number of school building projects faster and with more community involvement.
For the first time ever, the new Authority website provides details for hundreds of school building projects across Victoria, with everything from architectural designs to project schedules.
Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews
“Whether it’s building new schools from the ground up or fixing tired existing schools, we’re ensuring Victorian students have access to the state of the art facilities they deserve.”
“With Victoria’s largest ever education budget with 42 new schools in the pipeline, not only are we building the schools that Victorian families need but creating thousands of crucial construction jobs.”
Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino
“Victoria is experiencing a population boom with an extra 90,000 students entering our school system over the next five years.”
“We’ve delivered a record $1.8 billion to build new schools and upgrade others to meet this demand. The Victorian School Building Authority will get it done faster and with more community involvement than ever before.”
Quotes attributable to Victorian School Building Authority CEO Chris Keating
“The Authority will be working harder to get out and speak with local people and school communities about their visions for local projects and making sure they have the latest information.”