The Andrews Labor Government is giving families in Epping North the first-rate classrooms and facilities they deserve.
Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny today turned the first sod on the brand new Edgars Creek Secondary College.
The $12 million project will build a state-of-the art science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) building with science labs, flexible break-out areas and digital technology learning spaces. It will accommodate 1,800 students in Years seven to 12.
The new school will be located within a new community precinct that will also include a primary school, community activity centre and a council reserve.
Edgars Creek Secondary College will feature a new, full-sized AFL grade oval with training lights, coaches boxes and a cricket pitch.
The oval, worth up to $4.7 million, was funded through the Labor Government’s $50 million Shared Facilities Fund and will be used by local clubs – meaning the entire community benefits.
Construction of the school has been fast-tracked to meet rapid enrolment demand in Epping North. Because of this, Edgars Creek Secondary College will open in two stages from term one, 2018.
Year seven students will be taught at Mernda Central P-12 College for terms one and two in 2018, and will then transition to the new Edgars Creek Secondary College in term three, once it is fully operational.
The Labor Government has invested $2.5 billion over three Budgets to improve classrooms, upgrade facilities and build new schools across the state.
This school building boom has delivered more than 1,000 school upgrades and 56 new school projects across the state, supporting almost 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino
“Epping North is booming and families are now one step closer to having a brand new secondary college.”
“We’re getting on with the job of building better schools, so local students have the facilities and classrooms they need to succeed.”
Quote attributable to Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny
“Enrolment pressures in the local area are growing day by day. We are delivering on our election promise and building a first-rate school that the entire community can be proud of, and it is all happening ahead of schedule.”