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New local schools announced

10 Nov 2016

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Southbank families have been given welcome news of the State Government’s plans to construct two new schools in Fishermans Bend and a primary school in Docklands.

The government announced on October 11 that it would build a new primary school in Docklands, with work to start immediately on acquiring a site. Planning will also start on a new primary and secondary school at Fishermans Bend.

With the new vertical primary school at Ferrars St to open in 2018 and another on the way at South Melbourne Park, consecutive governments have actively addressed primary school provision in the local area.  

However, the announcement of planning for a new public secondary school perhaps comes as the most welcomed news to the local community groups.

President of local lobby group Two Schools Now David Foran said, following the release of this year’s state budget, that while funding primary school projects was welcomed, more attention needed to be given to secondary demand.

With Southbank’s population alone expected to double in the next 20 years, Member for Albert Park Martin Foley said it was important to invest now for future families.  

“This investment means we will meet the growth in our existing communities making access to education easier for our families,” he said.

Education Minister James Merlino also announced that the principal of the new Ferrars St primary school in Southbank would be appointed early next year so families could get enrolment support well in advance of the 2018 school year.

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