Columns
Business in Southbank Image

Business in Southbank

Cutting edge living
Read more >>

St Johns Southgate Image

St Johns Southgate

That’s awesome!
Read more >>

Owners Corporation Law Image

Owners Corporation Law

Electric vehicle charging and the rise of the machines
Read more >>

Montague Community Alliance Image

Montague Community Alliance

At last, a Fishermans Bend Framework!
Read more >>

Metro Tunnel

Building Anzac Station
Read more >>

Federal Politics Image

Federal Politics

Liberals and Nationals ship sheep
Read more >>

We Live Here Image

We Live Here

Cladding – remove now, pay later?
Read more >>

Southbanker Image

Southbanker

Walking for a purpose
Read more >>

Housing Image

Housing

We are leaving an intergenerational time bomb for our children
Read more >>

History Image

History

From corporate office to high-end living
Read more >>

Safety and Security

Stifle the opportunity
Read more >>

Southbank Sustainability Group Image

Southbank Sustainability Group

Sustainability talks and Boyd Park
Read more >>

Health and Wellbeing Image

Health and Wellbeing

Positive psychology for increased wellbeing
Read more >>

Skypad Living Image

Skypad Living

Luv thy NABERS (for apartments)
Read more >>

Pets Corner Image

Pets Corner

Enter the “Shiba Zone”
Read more >>

Southbank Fashion Image

Southbank Fashion

Spring racing in Southbank
Read more >>

Street Smarts Image

Street Smarts

Power Street – Southbank
Read more >>

Letters Image

Letters

The cost of cladding
Read more >>

Southbank Residents’ Group

17 Jul 2012

Families in Southbank are worried and angry that there is no school here for their children.

New 2011 Census data shows a large increase in the number of children living in Southbank.

Southern Metropolitan MLCs Andrea Coote and George Crozier recently wrote to residents asking for views on the provision of government primary and secondary schools in the inner city.

“Parents are right to demand access to the best public education close to home whereby children can walk or ride to school with confidence,” Ms Coote wrote. Yet the Victorian Government feasibility studies looking at the provision of new schools ignores Southbank.

There has been a 67 per cent increase in the number of children aged 0-4 from 2006 to 2011. It is not just pre-school ages that have increased, 10-14 year-olds increased by 31 per cent and the 0-14 year-olds increased by 40.8 per cent.

These increases are of great concern to families. With Southbank’s zoned school of Port Melbourne Primary School already feeling the effects of overcrowding, where will all these new children go to school? There is no school for Southbank children to walk or ride to with confidence.

The reality is that Port Melbourne Primary School’s projected numbers are for 784 children in 2015. Clearly the 2011 Census shows that those numbers will be
exceeded. So where will Southbank’s children go to school?

A sharp increase in the birth rate and a cultural change which encourages young families to choose high density housing has led to the increase in the number of children in Southbank.

Planning advice on Fishermans Bend suggests up to seven new schools will be needed for the population of up to 60,000 in the first three stages. With Southbank’s population estimated to increase up to 74,000 it is obvious that Southbank needs its own local schools.

Members of the local community have formed the non-political Two Schools Now group, which is supported by the Southbank Residents Group, to campaign for the urgent establishment of two new schools. With Port Melbourne Primary School now seriously overcrowded and children from Southbank zoned out of other schools we need a school in Southbank now.

Two Schools Now and Southbank Residents Group hope all residents will sign the Two Schools Now petition calling on the Government to develop two local schools. It is now time for the Government to take decisive action on this matter.

Go to www.facebook.com/TwoSchoolsNow and www.facebook.com/SouthbankResidentsGroup

Stay in touch with Southbank. Subscribe to FREE monthly e-Newspaper.

Comments

  • Allan Phillips at 4:09pm on 18/07/12

    Great edition. Enjoyed the punchier tone of your Editorial and the Snorkel article.  Melissa’s “toxic site” article was great.
    Thanks

    Allan Phillips

Page 1 of 1

You must be registered with Southbank Local News to be able to post comments.
To register, please click here.