The Andrews Labor Government’s renewal of a North Melbourne public housing estate includes provision for much-needed, new education and arts facilities, helping relieve pressure on inner city schools.
As part of the development, North Melbourne Primary School will use some of the land to expand and upgrade its learning facilities over coming years to meet increased student demand.
A long-term vision for the site, which will include the proposed education facilities and a performing arts centre, will be developed in consultation with the broader community and educators.
The North Melbourne Renewal Project is part of the Labor Government’s $185 million investment to redevelop public housing properties at sites across metropolitan Melbourne.
The existing buildings on the site were constructed in the 1960s without lifts, making them inaccessible for residents with disability or mobility issues, and unsuitable for older residents and families with young children.
The renewal project replaces rundown, ageing low-rise properties with a mix of apartments and townhouses that meet relevant building and energy efficiency standards.
The North Melbourne project will replace the existing 112 units with modern living facilities, providing at least 10 per cent more social housing. Every tenant will have the right to return to the property when completed.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley
“We’re redeveloping ageing public housing estates so we have modern, accessible and better connected neighbourhoods where people can live in housing that is safe and secure.”
“The proposed education and arts facilities will ensure students in the North Melbourne community have access to the very best learning facilities they deserve.”
Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino
“We know our city is growing rapidly and we need education facilities to match that growth. That’s why this redevelopment is so important.”
Quotes attributable to North Melbourne Primary School Principal Sally Naylor
“The additional acquisition of land for the development of an education facility in the North Melbourne area will provide opportunities for 21st century teaching and learning experiences in this growing community of the inner city of Melbourne”.