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