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Building The Education State In Morwell

16 March 2016

Minister for Education James Merlino today joined Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing in visiting the Morwell Regeneration Project site, as part of a tour of local schools and facilities.

Concrete has now been laid for the Morwell Regeneration Project and steel structures are being put in place, with stage one of construction expected to be completed in Term 4, 2016.

Commercial Road, Tobruk Street and Morwell primary schools will merge as part of the $12 million Morwell Regeneration project, with a new merged school, expected to be called Morwell Primary School, catering for 475 students being built.

The Andrews Labor Government provided $10.45 million for the Morwell Regeneration project in the 2015-16 State Budget, with the remaining funds expected in future budgets.

Mr Merlino also visited Kurnai College and Morwell Park Primary School, to meet staff and students, tour the facilities and discuss upcoming priorities.

Morwell Park Primary is a part of the Morwell Regeneration Project, and will remain a standalone primary school alongside the other three merged schools. Morwell Park Primary buildings will be rebuilt as part of the project.

The Labor Government delivered Kurnai College $7.8 million in the 2015–16 Victorian Budget to re-develop the Morwell campus, including building a new library and rebuilding the science wing and administration facilities. The college also received $106,000 for funding to address site infrastructure.

Kurnai College received equity funding of $1,748,051 this year, an increase of $884,225 compared to 2015. Morwell Park Primary received equity funding of $1,075,775 this year, an increase $467,230 compared to 2015.

This increase is part of the Labor Government’s Education State initiative which provides an extra $566 million to help schools and students break the cycle of disadvantage.

The Labor Government is delivering the Education State and that means giving every student the chance for a great education.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino

“The Morwell Regeneration Project represents a great step forward for local education, providing innovative state-of-the-art facilities for children in the area.”

“We have invested in Kurnai College to ensure that students of all ages in the Morwell area benefit from new facilities and modernised buildings.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing

"It's always a pleasure to welcome Deputy Premier and Education Minister James Merlino back to the Valley to see how our construction and investment in education is gathering momentum.”

“Along with teachers and educators, we are making real and positive change for Gippsland's primary and secondary students - change that will set them up to reach their full potential.”

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