CONSTRUCTION on Victoria's first high-rise school has begun.
The five-storey building in South Melbourne, which will include rooftop netball courts and 500 students is due to be finished by 2018.
Students from the Port Melbourne Primary School armed with toy shovels helped workers turn the first piece of soil.
While Premier Daniel Andrews helped begin the project using a golden shovel, to mark the ground being broken.
“This is one of 1000 building projects we are involved in across our education sector,” Mr Andrews said.
“This is about us providing the opportunity of first rate education.
“Victoria is experiencing a population boom with an extra 90,000 students entering our school system over the next five years.”
The area for Melbourne’s first vertical school is a high growth location with many new young families moving to the area.
The occasion also marked the launch of the Victorian School Building Authority which will oversee the 42 new schools projects pledged by the Victorian Government.
Scores of current schools will also benefit from infrastructure works under the $1.8 billion investment.
Education Minister James Merlino said Victoria was in desperate need of new schools and the lack of previous funding was “criminal neglect”.
VSBA CEO Chris Keating said the projects would have an “enormous impact”.
“My job is to make sure every single one of these projects is delivered in the right way and the right time frame.”
According to the government growth areas were being seen across Melbourne and were no longer just associated with new suburbs on Melbourne’s fringe.
Parents are also choosing public education more.
The land for the school was purchased under the Napthine Government but Mr Andrews said the previous government had failed to kickstart infrastructure to match demand.
Mr Merlino flagged future announcements about more high rise primary and secondary schools in Docklands.
Source: Herald Sun
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