Funding to get started on McKinnon’s second campus

Kids across Bentleigh will get the world-class schools they deserve, as the Andrews Labor Government gets on with the job of building brand new schools for our rapidly growing suburbs and school communities.

The Labor Government today announced the Victorian Budget 2018/19 will include $353.2 million to build and plan for 28 new schools in Victoria’s fastest growing areas, including one for Bentleigh.

The Budget includes $4.1 million for early works on the second campus of McKinnon Secondary College to keep up with demand.

This will mean families across Bentleigh can have peace of mind that they will be able to access a great local school, close to home.

This boost for our growing suburbs will upgrade classrooms and school facilities across Victoria, helping teachers and giving more students the individual attention they need to get the 21st century education they deserve.

The Labor Government is building the Education State to give every Victorian student a great education, and every community a great local school.

In contrast, in 2016 not one new school opened because the Liberals failed to plan for our growing state, while slashing $1 billion from the education budget. We won’t let that happen again.

Over the last three years, our investments total more than $2.8 billion, funding 1,200 school projects and upgrades, and building 70 new schools, as well as creating more than 5,000 jobs.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino

“Building the second campus of McKinnon Secondary College will ensure we keep pace with the community’s increasing population and give families certainty and peace of mind.”

“Here in Bentleigh and right across Victoria we are making sure every child has every opportunity to succeed.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Bentleigh Nick Staikos

“Our area is going to have around 1000 additional secondary school students over the coming years, and McKinnon is at capacity. That’s why we need a second campus.”

“We’re upgrading schools right across Bentleigh to make sure they have the best classrooms and the best facilities.”

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