$5.5 million to establish a dedicated Year 9 campus of Albert Park College

Students at Albert Park College will soon benefit from improved facilities with Minister for Education Martin Dixon today visiting the school to announce a $5.5 million funding package as part of the upcoming Victorian State Budget.

“The Victorian Coalition Government is committed to building better learning environments for Victorian students and I’m pleased to announce $5.5 million for Albert Park College,” Mr Dixon said.

“This funding is a welcome announcement for students and teachers at Albert Park College and the Albert Park community.”

The funding will be used to purchase and upgrade the former Circus Oz site as an environmental arts community education hub, which will serve as a dedicated Year 9 campus. Funding for the upgrade will be available from 1 July this year.

The new campus will enable the school to deliver its innovative Da Vinci program, which teaches arts through the sciences. The development will also increase current enrolment capacity from 950 to approximately 1,200 students.

Mr Dixon was joined for the announcement by the Liberal candidate for Albert Park Shannon Eeles and Member for the Southern Metropolitan Region Andrea Coote.

Ms Eeles noted that Labor’s recent funding commitment fell well short of the funding required to deliver a new Year 9 arts and science hub for the school.

“This is further proof that Labor cannot be trusted to deliver on its promises and that only a Coalition government can deliver for the Albert Park community,” Ms Eeles said.

This announcement builds on the Coalition Government’s investment in new state-of-the-art double storey portables for both Albert Park Primary School and Port Melbourne Primary School. Funding was also provided in the 2013-14 State Budget to purchase land for the new primary school at Ferrars St, South Melbourne.