High school site confirmed

Sean Car

To no great surprise, the State Government revealed last month that the site of the first new high school in Fishermans Bend will be at Murphy’s Reserve at Williamstown Rd.

Despite some opposition to the site from some community groups, who argue that a school would add to existing strain at the reserve, the location has long been the preferred option by government and the City of Port Phillip.

Accompanied by students from Port Melbourne Primary School, Premier Daniel Andrews joined Member for Albert Park Martin Foley and City of Port Phillip Mayor Bernadene Voss to reveal the site on May 16.

Mr Foley told Southbank Local News that the site ticked all the boxes for a new high school.

“It will deliver quality education in an accessible location whilst also providing multi-use facilities for local community sports groups,” he said.

“With the backing of the City of Port Phillip, it is another milestone undoing the planning mess inherited from Matthew Guy and the Liberals.”

The school site marks the 10th school building or expansion project in the seat of Albert Park under the current government. The draft Fishermans Bend Framework earmarks a further four schools in the area.

The government allocated $3.8 million in its May budget to start planning for the new high school, however a project opening date is yet to set.

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