Students in Melbourne’s north are a step closer to the facilities they deserve thanks to the Andrews Labor Government.
Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Ivanhoe Anthony Carbines today visited Viewbank College to turn the first sod to mark the start of construction.
The $11.5 million upgrade, which delivers on an election commitment, includes a new two-storey performing arts centre featuring a flexible auditorium and theatre staging as well as drama and music learning spaces.
The school’s existing science, technology, engineering, arts and maths learning areas will also be refurbished. A weather-protected link with the adjoining building will create a STEAM learning precinct to promote collaborative enquiry based learning.
Mr Merlino and Mr Carbines also visited nearby Rosanna Golf Links Primary School to conduct a site inspection of the school’s $6.28 million redevelopment. This includes the construction of two new classroom blocks, an administration area and improvements to the school’s library and facilities for deaf students.
The Labor Government is transforming Victoria into the Education State so that every community can access a first-rate school.
There are 42 new government schools – including ten opening in 2017 – and hundreds of school upgrades in the construction pipeline following the Government’s record $1.8 billion investment in school infrastructure.
This school building boom will create 4,000 construction jobs and ensure all Victorian families have access to a great school no matter where they live.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino
“It was inspiring to meet with staff and students today at Viewbank College and Rosanna Golf Links Primary School. We are modernising and upgrading schools right across Victoria so that every student has the opportunity to be their best.”
“This is about creating bright futures for these students and ensuring they have access to the state-of-the-art facilities they deserve.”
Quote attributable to Member for Ivanhoe Anthony Carbines
“These outstanding new facilities won’t just benefit students. The performing arts centre, which will have a capacity of approximately 450 people, will also be available for community use.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020