Students in the Yarra Ranges will soon have the first rate classrooms and facilities they deserve, with work underway to refurbish and modernise Monbulk College thanks to the Andrews Labor Government.
Minister for Education James Merlino today turned the first sod to start construction on the school’s upgrade.
The Labor Government has allocated nearly $10.6 million for the stage 1 and stage 2 of the upgrade.
Stage 1 will see the construction of a new two-storey administration and resource building, with entry foyer and reception counter, administration offices, sick bay, stores and external plant area on the lower ground floor.
The ground floor will have a library and support spaces, learning spaces, toilets and breakout spaces.
Stage 2 includes the demolition of an existing building, refurbishment of the existing administration building, construction of new classroom, specialist spaces for Information and Communication Technology and art and fabrics specialist spaces.
The building has been designed to provide an appealing and relaxed learning environment, with spaces that promote independent learning as well as team working and online learning.
Lloyd Group has been appointed to build the new school, with stage 1 work expected to be completed by late 2018 and stage 2 by July 2019.
The project is part of a $2.5 billion investment by the Government in the past 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.
The Government is building the Education State so that every student can access a great local school and get a great education.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino
“This project is extremely important to my local community and I am very pleased to see it getting underway.”
“We’ve got on with the job of building better schools, so that local students have the facilities and classrooms they need to succeed.”