The School Provision Review for Docklands is moving to the next stage and will now look at how best to meet the area’s education needs into the future.
This review is delivering on the Andrews Labor Government’s commitment to recommence education provision planning across Docklands.
The first stage of the review found that by 2031 there will be a shortfall of around 4,800 primary and 2,000 secondary places across the study area. The review also found that the location of schools means some areas are catered for better than others.
Mr Merlino has now requested for the Stage Two review to begin, which will involve further consultation with the community and key stakeholders and will look at options to deliver access to primary and secondary schooling across Docklands and surrounding areas.
Victoria is experiencing unprecedented population growth with an increase of 80,000 new students over the next five years.
That is why the Labor Government’s 2015-16 Victorian Budget invested almost $4 billion in Victoria’s education and skills system – representing the single biggest boost to education funding in Victoria’s history.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino
“As promised, we are reviewing the future education needs across Docklands and inner Melbourne to tackle a dramatic reduction in school infrastructure investment under the former Liberal government.”
“School infrastructure funding fell under the Liberal government's reign to a mere $200 million a year.”
“The Andrews Labor Government’s record funding boost to school infrastructure will start repairing the damage done by four years of chronic under-investment.”
Quotes attributable to Minister for Planning Richard Wynne
“The former planning minister turned a blind eye to planning communities, but Labor recognises the need for properly planned neighbourhoods that offer schools, parks and infrastructure."
Reviewed 19 August 2020