Mr MELHEM (Western Metropolitan): My constituency question is for the Minister for Education, the Honourable James Merlino. The Andrews Labor government has invested an unprecedented $2.5 billion in school infrastructure over the past three budgets to ensure we can continue to cater for the estimated 90 000 students who are expected to enter the school system over the next five years. This school building boom has delivered more than 1000 school upgrades and 56 new school projects across the state, supporting almost 5000 construction jobs for Victorians. One such project is the new P–9 school in the Truganina area in my electorate. This school is set to accommodate 675 students from prep to year 9. It will service the young families in the fast-growing areas in my electorate of Western Metropolitan Region. Could the minister please provide an update on the construction and progress of this new much-needed school?

28 March 2018


Mr MERLINO: Thank you for your continued advocacy on behalf of the people of Melbourne’s west, particularly on matters relating to education. The Andrews Labor Government has a strong and ambitious agenda to grow educational opportunities for all Victorians. With an allocation of more than $2.8 billion to school infrastructure over the past three State Budgets, this investment delivers the largest overall education package on record to Victoria’s schools.

In the 2017-18 State Budget, $13.8 million was allocated towards the design and construction of the first stage of Truganina East P-9 School. Stage 1 comprises the administration building, general purpose classrooms and landscaping.

I am advised that the new school project is well underway, an architectural firm and a builder have been appointed, with works scheduled to be completed in readiness for the school to open for Term 1, 2019.

Enrolment information, along with the appointment of the school principal, is expected to be made available during Term 3, 2018.

1 May 2018