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Getting It Done: Construction Starts At Richmond High

21 February 2017

Families in Melbourne’s booming inner suburbs will soon have access to a new school thanks to the Andrews Labor Government – the first vertical government high school built in Victoria.

Premier Daniel Andrews, Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Richmond Richard Wynne today joined local community members to mark the start of construction of the $43 million Richmond High School.

Richmond High School will cater for 650 Year seven to 12 students across two sites, with a four-storey academic precinct on the Highett Street site and sports precinct on Gleadell Street.

The Gleadell Street site will initially be a multi-purpose campus and will open for year seven students in 2018, with the Highett Street campus set to open in 2019.

Once the second campus opens, the Gleadell Street site will become a full-time sports precinct and include four competition-standard netball courts.

During their visit to the Gleadell Street site they met the inaugural Principal Colin Simpson, an award-winning education leader who is alumnus of the original Richmond High School.

He will start work this month and will spend the next 12 months developing a clear vision for school, appointing staff, building relationships with the community and working closely with the architects and builders.

It is one of 42 new government schools in the construction pipeline – including 10 that opened this year – following a record $1.8 billion investment by the Labor Government in new schools and school upgrades around the state.

Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews

“Whether you live in the inner city, the outer suburbs or regional Victoria, we’re making sure every child has the opportunity for the best start in life – and access to a great local school.”

“We promised that we would return secondary education to Richmond, and we’re doing just that.”

Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino

“We’re building local schools right in the heart of Melbourne’s inner suburbs to meet the growing demand.”

This will be a state-of-the art school, with four competition-standard netball courts and an academic precinct built over four levels in the heart of Richmond.”

Quote attributable to Member for Richmond Richard Wynne

“We promised we’d build Richmond High School and we’ve delivered. It will offer first-class education for local kids, and great community facilities, including netball courts, conveniently close to public transport.”

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