New schools to meet local needs

Plans for four new schools in Melton and Caroline Springs are gaining traction and residents are being encouraged to have their say.

A $236.8 million state government package announced earlier this year has helped secure land for more than a dozen new schools across Melbourne’s fastest growing areas including Grasslands Primary School, Cobblebank Secondary School, a proposed primary school for Rockbank and Eynesbury Station P6 School.

The Victorian School Building Authority is calling for feedback from residents at a community engagement workshop on April 26 at Rockbank.

The authority will be working with local educators and councils to match school designs with local needs.

Education minister James Merlino said that the input would help shape the future of education in the area and ensure the new schools cater for local students and their families.

“We’re breaking the cycle of short-term planning for new schools and investing now to meet the needs of the future,” Mr Merlino said of the government’s investment package last month.

“Right across the state we’re building new schools to make sure that no matter where they live, every child has the chance to get a great education.

“New schools offer opportunities to build and enhance their wider communities.”

The state government has already invested $2.5 billion into school infrastructure needed to meet the needs of growing population.

Community engagement on the new schools will be held at Rockbank Hall, 24 Old Leakes Road from 6.30-8pm on April 26.