Kids across the inner city 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.

The Budget includes $3.8 million to begin detailed master planning on the new Fishermans Bend Secondary School and $2.15 million to plan for the new North Melbourne Hill Primary School to keep up with demand. A further $18.8 million will go towards building the first stage of Docklands Primary School.

These new schools will mean inner city families 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 inner city schools will ensure we keep pace with the community’s increasing population and give families certainty and peace of mind.”

“The community has fought hard for new inner city schools, and only Labor is getting on and delivering them.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Albert Park Martin Foley

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

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

Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Metropolitan Region Jenny Mikakos

“We are seeing more families moving into the inner city and it’s important that they have access to a great local school.”