A New School For Families In Melbourne’s South East

Families in Melbourne’s South East will soon enjoy a brand new primary school, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government.

Minister for Education James Merlino today visited the Sandy Road school site to see how construction is progressing.

Gum Scrub Creek’s new $13 million primary school is ahead of schedule and fast nearing completion, ready for student intake in the first term of next year.

The school will include flexible classrooms, specialist physical education, arts and music facilities and a full size netball and basketball court. It will also feature integrated sporting facilities including a multi-purpose hall that can be used by the local community.

The school is also benefiting from $530,000 from the Shared Facilities Fund for a multi-service centre for Outside School Hours Care, due to open in 2018.

Minister Merlino then toured the new $3.5 million Early Learning Centre which is adjoined to the school, a collaboration with Cardinia Shire Council. The Labor Government allocated $1.2 million from the Children Facilities Capital Grant program for the centre, with Cardinia Shire contributing $2.3 million.

Minister Merlino also announced that Kerry Coffey will serve as the school’s inaugural principal. Throughout her 28-year career Kerry has held many leadership positions including Leading Teacher for Literacy and Numeracy and Assistant Principal at Fleetwood Primary School.

Gum Scrub Creek Primary School and other similar projects around Victoria form part of the Government’s $2.5 billion commitment to new and upgraded school infrastructure, to build the Education State.

The Government is building 56 new schools and has more than 1,000 school upgrades in the construction pipeline, creating more than 5,000 construction jobs.

For further information about the school construction and refurbishment program visit the Victorian School Building Authority website at: www.schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au

Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino

“It is excellent to see that construction is ahead of schedule; local families are now one step closer to having a brand new school.”

“Congratulations to Kerry Coffey on being appointed as the school’s first principal, I’m sure she will do a wonderful job.”

Quote attributable to member for Eastern Victoria Daniel Mulino

“This is a growing community and we are delivering on our promise to provide a first-rate school for local families.”