THREE NEW SCHOOLS TO DELIVER MORE CLASSROOMS, MORE CHOICES IN CRANBOURNE

The Andrews Labor Government is getting on with delivering more new schools in Cranbourne earlier, with Member for Cranbourne, Jude Perera and Member for Narre Warren South, Judith Graley, today announcing Casey Central East Primary School,
Cranbourne South West Primary School and Heather Grove Primary School will open for the start of the 2017 school year.

The much needed schools are being delivered as part of the largest ever new school building project in Victoria, which will see 15 brand new schools designed, financed, built and maintained under the $291 million New Schools Public Private partnership Project.

The Labor Government fast-tracked and expanded the New Schools PPP Project in
February, adding two additional schools, to deliver more new schools earlier for the areas that need them the most.

All three schools in Cranbourne will be delivered adjacent to existing or future early learning centres and sporting facilities, providing an exciting social infrastructure hub for each of these growing communities.

The former Liberal Government halved funding for new schools and upgrades, leaving
our local school system over-crowded and under-resourced.

The Labor Government has also announced Learning Communities Victoria as the preferred bidder to deliver and maintain the new schools, bringing together significant expertise and PPP experience with Amber as sponsor, ClarkeHopkinsClarke as architect, Watpac as builder, Spotless as facilities manager and YMCA and CERES as community partners.

Final negotiations with Learning Communities Victoria will now commence. The contract is expected to be signed in late October, with construction of the three new schools in Cranbourne scheduled to begin by the end of this year.

Local School Reference Groups will be established for each school in late 2015, while local families will be kept up-to-date on the creation of their new schools via community briefings planned prior to and during construction as well as before the school opening.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Education, James Merlino

“We’re delivering more new schools in Cranbourne earlier, so parents in our fastest
growing communities have certainty and kids get the facilities they deserve.”

The PPP model means our teachers and principals can focus on what matters most – giving every child a world class education.”

Quote attributable to Member for Narre Warren South, Judith Graley

“We promised the community we would deliver these schools as soon as possible and we’re not wasting a minute.”