Kids across Melbourne’s northern suburbs 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.

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 two for Melbourne’s north.

The Budget includes $24 million to build Craigieburn South Secondary School to keep up with demand.

The school will open in 2020, and means families across Melbourne’s rapidly growing north can have peace of mind that they will be able to access a great local school, close to home.

In addition, the Budget includes $6.78 million to bring forward Stage 2 of works at Aitken Hill Primary School, which will open in 2019. This will provide a competition sized indoor basketball court for students.

This boost for our growing suburbs will upgrade classrooms and school facilities across Victoria, giving more teachers in our growing communities the support they need to deliver the 21st century education our kids deserve.

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

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.

This contrasts with the Liberals and Nationals who failed to plan for future growth and let schools crumble and decay, while slashing $1 billion from the education budget.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino 

“Building two new schools in Melbourne’s north will ensure we keep pace with the community’s booming population and give families certainty and peace of mind.”

“The community has fought hard for new schools here and only Labor is getting on and delivering them. This is about putting hard working families across Melbourne’s north first.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Yuroke Ros Spence

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

“Residents have been calling for another secondary school in Craigieburn and I am thrilled that we delivering it.”