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New building now open at Valkstone Primary School

Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Bentleigh Nick Staikos today visited Valkstone Primary School in East Bentleigh to mark the grand opening of...

Construction begins on new McKinnon Secondary College building

Work has started on a state of the art new building at McKinnon Secondary College thanks to the Andrews Labor Government.

NEW SPORTS GROUND FOR MCKINNON PRIMARY SCHOOL

Students at McKinnon Primary School will benefit from a new upgrade, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. The $280,000 investment, delivered as part of the Victorian...

Planning a new high school in East Bentleigh

Families in Bentleigh are a step closer to benefiting from a new high school, with the Andrews Labor Government announcing $500,000 in funding for planning works. Detailed planning work is the first step towards a future school in East Bentleigh, which is one of 12 projects to share in $7 million to plan for the future. The funding is part of the Labor Government’s total $2.5 billion investment in our schools, including over 1,000 existing school projects and 56 new schools. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Across our state, we want to make sure that our schools have the best facilities, our classrooms have the best teachers and that every child is given every chance to succeed.” “We’re building the Education State brick by brick, school by school, and that includes planning a new school in East Bentleigh.” Quotes attributable to Member for Bentleigh, Nick Staikos "People move into our area because of our fantastic local schools, and I’m determined to maintain their stellar quality." "Given the enormous growth in enrolments at McKinnon Secondary College, we should seriously consider a second campus." "We have a rare opportunity here, and this is the critical first step."

Planning a new high school in East Bentleigh

Families in Bentleigh are a step closer to benefiting from a new high school, with the Andrews Labor Government announcing $500,000 in funding for planning works. Detailed planning work is the first step towards a future school in East Bentleigh, which is one of 12 projects to share in $7 million to plan for the future. The funding is part of the Labor Government’s total $2.5 billion investment in our schools, including over 1,000 existing school projects and 56 new schools. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Across our state, we want to make sure that our schools have the best facilities, our classrooms have the best teachers and that every child is given every chance to succeed.” “We’re building the Education State brick by brick, school by school, and that includes planning a new school in East Bentleigh.” Quotes attributable to Member for Bentleigh, Nick Staikos "People move into our area because of our fantastic local schools, and I’m determined to maintain their stellar quality." "Given the enormous growth in enrolments at McKinnon Secondary College, we should seriously consider a second campus." "We have a rare opportunity here, and this is the critical first step."

 

More family violence services for Bentleigh

The Andrews Labor Government will fully implement a Specialist Family Violence Court model at the Moorabbin Magistrates’ Court to better protect victims of family violence. The Victorian Budget 2017/18 will provide $130.3 million to fully implement five Specialist Family Violence Courts at the Ballarat, Frankston, Shepparton, Moorabbin and Heidelberg Magistrates’ Courts. This investment is an important step in implementing one of the key recommendations of the Royal Commission into Family Violence. The courts will receive extra resources, including specialist support staff, or security upgrades to keep victim survivors and their families safe. The investment will allow the courts to ensure that related matters, including criminal proceedings, intervention orders, family law and Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal cases, are able to be heard together. The funding will also increase the number of places available for men’s behavioural change programs and increase access to support services, such as interpreters and Koori Support staff to assist Aboriginal victims. The package also incorporates facility upgrades to create safer waiting areas and interview rooms to better accommodate family violence matters. Quotes attributable to Member for Bentleigh, Nick Staikos “This is an important investment for our local community because it will give vulnerable people access to safer courts and more targeted family violence support services.” “This funding will enable the Moorabbin Magistrates’ Court to provide better victim support with more efficient proceedings, integrated services and safer facilities.” Quotes attributable to the Attorney-General Martin Pakula “There are more than 300,000 family violence related matters heard in the Magistrates’ Courts every year. We’re implementing the Specialist Family Violence Court model to help support those who need it most.”  “We’re making our courts safer, we’re holding perpetrators to account and we’re working to keep victims of family violence safe.” 

More family violence services for Bentleigh

The Andrews Labor Government will fully implement a Specialist Family Violence Court model at the Moorabbin Magistrates’ Court to better protect victims of family violence. The Victorian Budget 2017/18 will provide $130.3 million to fully implement five Specialist Family Violence Courts at the Ballarat, Frankston, Shepparton, Moorabbin and Heidelberg Magistrates’ Courts. This investment is an important step in implementing one of the key recommendations of the Royal Commission into Family Violence. The courts will receive extra resources, including specialist support staff, or security upgrades to keep victim survivors and their families safe. The investment will allow the courts to ensure that related matters, including criminal proceedings, intervention orders, family law and Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal cases, are able to be heard together. The funding will also increase the number of places available for men’s behavioural change programs and increase access to support services, such as interpreters and Koori Support staff to assist Aboriginal victims. The package also incorporates facility upgrades to create safer waiting areas and interview rooms to better accommodate family violence matters. Quotes attributable to Member for Bentleigh, Nick Staikos “This is an important investment for our local community because it will give vulnerable people access to safer courts and more targeted family violence support services.” “This funding will enable the Moorabbin Magistrates’ Court to provide better victim support with more efficient proceedings, integrated services and safer facilities.” Quotes attributable to the Attorney-General Martin Pakula “There are more than 300,000 family violence related matters heard in the Magistrates’ Courts every year. We’re implementing the Specialist Family Violence Court model to help support those who need it most.”  “We’re making our courts safer, we’re holding perpetrators to account and we’re working to keep victims of family violence safe.” 

Budget 2017

We’re getting on with the job, and this year’s Budget delivers on the things that really matter.

Budget 2017

We’re getting on with the job, and this year’s Budget delivers on the things that really matter.

Budget delivers total rebuild of Bayside SDS

Students at Bayside Special Development School will benefit from a complete rebuild, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. The $11,400,000 investment, delivered as part of the Victorian Budget 2017/18, will go towards making sure local kids get the best start in life. The funding builds on planning money provided in the Victorian Budget 2016/17. This year’s funding will be used to start construction on the full school rebuild. This will include the demolition and replacement of existing facilities, the construction of new early education program facilities and the creation of the Jan Lake Professional Development Centre. A total of $44.4 million in upgrades will be provided to six Victorian special schools in Tuesday’s budget. The Labor Government is building and upgrading a record number of schools to make sure every child has every chance to succeed. Quotes attributable to Member for Bentleigh Nick Staikos   “Bayside Special Development School is already a great school. This investment will make it even greater.”  “Making sure every child gets the best start in life is the single most important thing we can do.” “This isn’t just an upgrade. This is an investment in our kids."

Budget delivers total rebuild of Bayside SDS

Students at Bayside Special Development School will benefit from a complete rebuild, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. The $11,400,000 investment, delivered as part of the Victorian Budget 2017/18, will go towards making sure local kids get the best start in life. The funding builds on planning money provided in the Victorian Budget 2016/17. This year’s funding will be used to start construction on the full school rebuild. This will include the demolition and replacement of existing facilities, the construction of new early education program facilities and the creation of the Jan Lake Professional Development Centre. A total of $44.4 million in upgrades will be provided to six Victorian special schools in Tuesday’s budget. The Labor Government is building and upgrading a record number of schools to make sure every child has every chance to succeed. Quotes attributable to Member for Bentleigh Nick Staikos   “Bayside Special Development School is already a great school. This investment will make it even greater.”  “Making sure every child gets the best start in life is the single most important thing we can do.” “This isn’t just an upgrade. This is an investment in our kids."

Huge funding boost for Valkstone Primary School

Students at Valkstone Primary School will benefit from a new upgrade, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. The $3,720,000 investment, delivered as part of the Victorian Budget 2017/18, will go towards making sure local kids get the best start in life. Following planning funding in last year's Budget, the school has been working with their architect to plan Stage Two of their upgrade. Stage One is nearing completion. This new funding allows construction to start, with new classrooms planned as well as refurbishments, new staff rooms and support facilities. The Labor Government is building and upgrading a record number of schools to make sure every child has every chance to succeed. Valkstone Primary School is one of a number of schools in the Bentleigh electorate to receive funding for upgrades since the election of the Andrews Government, including McKinnon Secondary College, Bentleigh Secondary College and Tucker Road Bentleigh Primary School. Quotes attributable to Member for Bentleigh, Nick Staikos “The Andrews Labor Government is making Victoria the Education State” “I am pleased to have secured stage two of Valkstone Primary School's rebuild, after working closely with the school council and principal” “Valkstone Primary School is already a great school. This investment will make it even better.”

Huge funding boost for Valkstone Primary School

Students at Valkstone Primary School will benefit from a new upgrade, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. The $3,720,000 investment, delivered as part of the Victorian Budget 2017/18, will go towards making sure local kids get the best start in life. Following planning funding in last year's Budget, the school has been working with their architect to plan Stage Two of their upgrade. Stage One is nearing completion. This new funding allows construction to start, with new classrooms planned as well as refurbishments, new staff rooms and support facilities. The Labor Government is building and upgrading a record number of schools to make sure every child has every chance to succeed. Valkstone Primary School is one of a number of schools in the Bentleigh electorate to receive funding for upgrades since the election of the Andrews Government, including McKinnon Secondary College, Bentleigh Secondary College and Tucker Road Bentleigh Primary School. Quotes attributable to Member for Bentleigh, Nick Staikos “The Andrews Labor Government is making Victoria the Education State” “I am pleased to have secured stage two of Valkstone Primary School's rebuild, after working closely with the school council and principal” “Valkstone Primary School is already a great school. This investment will make it even better.”