Whittlesea’s School Facilities To Be Used By Community For Maximum Use

Whittlesea’s School Facilities To Be Used By Community For Maximum Use

Victoria Minister for Education James Merlino

Getting The Most Out Of Whittlesea’s School Facilities

Victor P Taffa

Whittlesea schools are set to become thriving neighbourhood hubs with first-rate facilities, thanks to the Andrews Government.

“These first-rate facilities will be shared between schools and communities to make services more accessible for everyone and foster a sense of community pride in schools.” Minister for Education James Merlino said.

“Shared facilities will make schools such as Laurimar Primary School and Edgars Creek Secondary College thriving community hubs.”

Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green today visited Laurimar Primary School to announce new community sports and recreation facilities, as part of the $50 Million Shared Facilities Fund.

Laurimar Primary School’s netball courts will benefit from an upgrade worth up to $250,000 with new lights and shelter, which will also be used by the Laurimar Power Netball Club.

Laurimar Power Netball Club has 300 members and with the population in Doreen expected to grow 35 % in the next 20 years, the demand for netball facilities will increase.

Up to $4.7 Million will be invested in a sports oval to be built at the new Edgars Creek Secondary College, which will be used by local clubs.

“New sports oval at Edgar’s Creek gives us an extra brand new sports oval for the use of our growing community.” Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny said.

Laurimar Primary School will be located within a new community precinct in Epping North that will also include a primary school, community activity centre and a council reserve.

“This investment is not only a win for students but local residents, sports clubs and community groups. I can’t wait to check in on the progress of Laurimar Primary School’s netball courts” Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green said.

This is the first in a series of rolling announcements by local government areas for the Shared Facilities Fund.

Andrews Government launched the $50 Million Shared Facilities Fund last year to help schools and communities build facilities on school grounds that can be used by the wider community. This includes not only sports facilities but early learning hubs, libraries and performing arts centres.

New sports facilities will help the schools meet Education State targets of increasing physical activity among students. This includes raising the proportion of kids doing physical activity 5 times a week by 20 %.