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Minister opens $10 million Hazel Glen College Primary Campus

Minister for Education Martin Dixon has officially opened the $10 million primary school campus of Hazel Glen College today with Member for Northern Victorian Amanda Millar and Liberal candidate for Yan Yean Sam Ozturk.

“This funding delivers 21st century facilities for students and teachers, designed to boost student learning,” Mr Dixon said.

Mr Dixon toured the $10 million primary campus, which opened this year and currently has 185 students. He also inspected works on the $11.5 million Stage 1 of the secondary school buildings, which will open next year with an expected intake of around 200 Year 7 students.

Mr Dixon said the Napthine Government had also delivered $12 million in the 2014-15 State Budget for Stage 2 of the secondary school, which will open in 2016.

“This investment will deliver a new two-storey building containing 28 purpose-built teaching and learning studios, a library and multimedia resource centre, high-tech lecture theatre, and Year 12 study space with kitchen and student amenities,” Mr Dixon said.

Hazel Glen College Principal Darryl Furze said the school had had an “absolutely outstanding first eight months”.

“We have great staff and with hundreds more students starting next year, things are about to really take off. It’s a very exciting time for the whole school community.”

Mr Ozturk said he has been a strong advocate for local education infrastructure.

“The opening of Hazel Glen College builds on the Napthine Government’s investment in the growing northern suburbs of Melbourne, including $4.7 million for Whittlesea Secondary College, $1.6 million for Wallan Primary School and a brand new primary school at Mernda, as part of a $191 million Public Private Partnership to deliver 11 new schools across Victoria,” Mr Ozturk said.

“The Napthine Government has delivered on all of its school commitments from the last

election, and is building a total of 23 new schools including Hazel Glen College,” Mr Dixon said.

The Napthine Government is building a better education system, with a record $9.2 billion for school education in 2014-15, $1 billion more than Labor’s last budget in 2010.

 

Victorian Coalition Government promises $12 million for Cranbourne Secondary

Stage 3 of the Cranbourne Secondary College modernisation project will go ahead under a re-elected Coalition Government with Premier Denis Napthine today joining Liberal Candidate for Cranbourne Geoff Ablett to pledge $12 million to the project.

Dr Napthine also announced that funding of $84,796 would be provided immediately to allow Cranbourne Secondary College to make improvements to the school’s L Block building.

“As a former teacher in the Cranbourne region, Geoff Ablett understands the needs of the school community and has been a strong and vocal advocate for this project,” Dr Napthine said.

“As a result of Geoff’s campaigning, Education Minister Martin Dixon inspected Cranbourne Secondary College in late July and spoke with students, staff and Principal Ken Robinson about the need to complete Stage 3 of the College’s modernisation project.

“Today, I am pleased to announce that if re-elected in November, the Victorian Coalition Government will provide $12 million to deliver state-of-the-art science, technology, arts and physical education facilities at the College.

“If re-elected, existing plans for Stage 3 will be updated to full tender documentation with construction works likely to commence in 2015,” Dr Napthine said.

Mr Ablett said he has a long-standing connection with Cranbourne Secondary College following his time as a teacher in the area and would be proud to deliver this important upgrade.

“Securing the commitment to complete Stage 3 of Cranbourne Secondary College has been one of my top priorities as the local candidate in the upcoming state election,” Mr Ablett said.

“The Coalition Government has a strong track record when it comes to funding for schools in the Casey area, with the most recent Victorian Budget including funding for three new primary schools and nearly $1 million to upgrade Cranbourne West Primary School.

“I look forward to being a part of a re-elected Napthine Coalition Government that continues to invest in the community infrastructure that our growing region needs,” Mr Ablett said.

New science and tech laboratory for Mooroopna

Minister for Education Martin Dixon today officially opened the $333,000 Science and Technology Enabled Learning Centre at Mooroopna Secondary College with Member for Shepparton Jeanette Powell, Member for Northern Victoria Amanda Millar and The Nationals candidate for Shepparton, Greg Barr.

Mr Dixon said the Victorian Coalition Government‟ $1 million Science Laboratory Refurbishment Grant initiative was building the infrastructure needed for better science education.

“The Science and Technology Enabled Learning Centre will help Mooroopna Secondary College deliver high-quality curriculum and learning opportunities for its own students, and for nearby primary schools,” Mr Dixon said.

Principal Gary Fletcher said the $333,000 in funding will be used to refurbish four rooms.

“The refurbishment of our science labs and upgrade of our scientific equipment has been a real boost for the college,” Mr Fletcher said.

“Together with some inspiring recent excursions and programs delivered by partners of the Victorian Endowment for Science, Knowledge and Innovation, the revamped labs have helped „ight the scientific flame‟for many of our students.”

Mrs Powell thanked Minister Dixon for the focused investment in regional education.

“Mooroopna SC will become a high quality science education hub for students, and deliver better resources and teacher training for the whole Shepparton community,” Mrs Powell said.

Mr Dixon said Mooroopna Secondary College joins Kyneton Secondary College and Neerim District Secondary College which have also received grants to refurbish science laboratories.

“The Napthine Government is investing a total of $31.2 million in 400 science teaching scholarships, training 200 Primary Maths and Science Specialists, developing six specialist Science and Maths centres, as well as grants for schools to specialise in science, engineering, aeronautics, earth sciences, arts and languages,” Mr Dixon said.

The Napthine Government is building a better education system with a record $9.2 billion in school funding in 2014-15, $1 billion more than in Labor‟ last budget in 2010-11.

 

Minister for Education Martin Dixon today officially opened three science laboratories at Kyneton Secondary College, and inspected construction of a $5 million community sports facility at Gisborne Secondary College with Member for Northern Victoria Region Amanda Millar and the Liberal Candidate for Macedon Donna Petrovich.

Mr Dixon said the Victorian Coalition Government’s investments in Macedon schools are delivering important community facilities for students and families.

“The funding of $330,000 for the science laboratory refurbishment is building better science education infrastructure at Kyneton Secondary College, for the benefit of all local students,” Mr Dixon said.

“Kyneton Secondary College joins Mooroopna Secondary College and Neerim District Secondary College that have also received grants to refurbish science laboratories.

“The Napthine Government is also investing $31.2 million in 400 science teaching scholarships, training 200 primary maths and science specialists, developing six science and maths centres, and grants for schools to specialise in sciences,” Mr Dixon said.

“Science education is vital for the future of the Macedon community, and will be a cornerstone of Victoria’s highly-skilled workforce for decades to come,” Ms Millar said.

Mr Dixon also inspected construction of the new double-court gymnasium at Gisborne Secondary College which will be used by students as well as local sporting and community groups, and will see the former sports hall converted into performing arts and drama spaces.

Ms Petrovich said the Napthine Government invested $3.5 million in 2012-13 State Budget, and Macedon Ranges Shire Council contributed $1.5 million towards the $5 million project.

“This is a fantastic example of how schools, local councils and the wider community can work together for the benefit of all students and families in Macedon,” Ms Petrovich said.

Since 2011, the Coalition Government has delivered a $1.1 billion investment in school infrastructure, including 23 new schools, and upgrades to schools including $5.3 million for Kyneton Secondary College and $3.5 million for Kyneton Primary School in Macedon.

 

$7 million Castlemaine Secondary College wellbeing centre opens

Minister for Education Martin Dixon officially opened the $7 million health and wellbeing centre for students at Castlemaine Secondary College today, with Member for Northern Victoria Region Amanda Millar and Liberal candidate for Bendigo West Michael Langdon.

Speaking from the newly refurbished centre, Mr Dixon said the $7 million upgrade was the first stage of a redevelopment to allow for the college’s two campuses to eventually merge on a single site in Blakeley Road.

“The new student health and wellbeing centre is a welcome addition to the school, and I know students will benefit from these impressive facilities,” Mr Dixon said.

“The Victorian Coalition Government is delivering for students in Castlemaine, with an additional $5.5 million for Stage 2 of the college’s redevelopment in the 2014-15 State Budget.”

The health and wellness centre houses a gymnasium, science and general purpose classrooms, as well as an open area for assemblies and other activities.

A new bus bay, external sports grounds and hard courts were also built.

“The Napthine Government has delivered on all of its school commitments from the last election, has built or is building 23 new schools, and is significantly upgrading existing schools like Castlemaine Secondary College,” Mr Dixon said.

“Since 2011, we have invested $1.1 billion in school capital, including $1.1 million for Winters Flat Primary School, $1.9 million for Quarry Hills Primary School, $3.592 million for Eaglehawk Primary School, and $11.5 million for Golden Square Primary School.”

Mr Langdon said the new facilities would benefit both current and future students and families in the Castlemaine community.

“These new facilities will be of great benefit to the students, staff and families of Castlemaine Secondary College for years to come,” Mr Langdon said.

The Napthine Government is building a better education system, with a record $9.2 billion for school education in 2014-15, $1 billion more than Labor’s last budget in 2010.

Minister opens $2 million Mount Waverley North Primary School upgrade

Minister for Education Martin Dixon officially opened the $2 million redevelopment of Mount Waverley North Primary School with the Member for Mount Waverley Michael Gidley today.

Speaking from the newly refurbished hall, Mr Dixon said the $2 million upgrade, funded in the 2012-13 and 2013-14 Victorian State Budgets, had delivered modern teaching and learning facilities and communal areas for students and teachers.

“The refurbished hall is great a place for the school community to gather and share in the achievements of students, and the administration area is a warm and welcoming environment for parents and visitors,” Mr Dixon said.

“The Napthine Government has delivered on all of its school commitments from the last election, has built or is building 23 new schools, and is significantly upgrading existing schools like Mount Waverley North Primary School.

“Since 2011, we have invested $1.1 billion in school capital, including $7.2 million for Essex Heights Primary School and $4.75 million for Pinewood Primary School in Mount Waverley.”

Mount Waverley North Primary School Principal Robyn James said the school community was pleased to have realised its original vision for the school.

“Our school is now completely made up of flexible learning spaces, which everyone loves,” Ms James said.

Member for Mount Waverley Michael Gidley said the new facilities would benefit both current and future students and families in the Mount Waverley school community.

“I know that this community shares my passion for local education, and these new facilities will be of great benefit to the students, staff and families of Mount Waverley North Primary School for years to come,” Mr Gidley said.

The Napthine Government is building a better education system, with a record $9.2 billion for school education in 2014-15, $1 billion more than Labor’s last budget in 2010.

 

$13 million to ensure pathways from learning to employment for young Victorians

The Victorian Coalition Government will more than triple its investment in the Local Learning and Employment Networks (LLENs) in 2015, with $8 million to continue supporting Victorian youth, Minister for Education Martin Dixon announced today.

Mr Dixon said the Napthine Government’s funding for LLENs would be increased by $5.7 million in 2015 to $8 million, following the Federal Government’s budget decision to discontinue its financial contribution.

“Just as the Napthine Government stepped in with $5.1 million to save the Workplace Learning Coordinators program in 2013, we have been working with the LLENs to ensure they have certainty for next year, following the Federal Government budget decision to withdraw funding,” Mr Dixon said.

“Disappointingly the Federal Government has reduced its funding from $11million in 2014 to zero funding in 2015.

“This $13.1 million investment will ensure LLENs and Workplace Learning Coordinators can continue to deliver strong pathways from school to further education and work.”

The goal of each LLEN is to support 10–19 year old students within its geographical boundaries by improving their participation, engagement, attainment and transition outcomes.

“Schools are best placed to identify the needs of their students and community, but there is a role for government and the community in identifying and addressing the needs of vulnerable young people – including those who are disengaged from school,” Mr Dixon said.

“The new Children and Youth Area Partnerships framework, detailed in the Napthine Government’s Victoria’s Vulnerable Children Strategy, will bring together key government and community sector leaders to tackle child and youth vulnerability, including engagement in education.

“The Napthine Government has a proud record of working with vulnerable young people. As a further sign of this unwavering commitment, in the coming months we will be working with LLENs, Workplace Learning Coordinators, schools, industry and other stakeholders to manage the transition to a more effective and sustainable state-based model.”

The Napthine Government is building a better education system, delivering a record $9.2 billion for school education in 2014-15, $1 billion more than Labor’s last budget in 2010.

 

$13 million to ensure pathways from learning to employment for young Victorians

The Victorian Coalition Government will more than triple its investment in the Local Learning and Employment Networks (LLENs) in 2015, with $8 million to continue supporting Victorian youth, Minister for Education Martin Dixon announced today.

Mr Dixon said the Napthine Government’s funding for LLENs would be increased by $5.7 million in 2015 to $8 million, following the Federal Government’s budget decision to discontinue its financial contribution.

“Just as the Napthine Government stepped in with $5.1 million to save the Workplace Learning Coordinators program in 2013, we have been working with the LLENs to ensure they have certainty for next year, following the Federal Government budget decision to withdraw funding,” Mr Dixon said.

“Disappointingly the Federal Government has reduced its funding from $11million in 2014 to zero funding in 2015.

“This $13.1 million investment will ensure LLENs and Workplace Learning Coordinators can continue to deliver strong pathways from school to further education and work.”

The goal of each LLEN is to support 10–19 year old students within its geographical boundaries by improving their participation, engagement, attainment and transition outcomes.

“Schools are best placed to identify the needs of their students and community, but there is a role for government and the community in identifying and addressing the needs of vulnerable young people – including those who are disengaged from school,” Mr Dixon said.

“The new Children and Youth Area Partnerships framework, detailed in the Napthine Government’s Victoria’s Vulnerable Children Strategy, will bring together key government and community sector leaders to tackle child and youth vulnerability, including engagement in education.

“The Napthine Government has a proud record of working with vulnerable young people. As a further sign of this unwavering commitment, in the coming months we will be working with LLENs, Workplace Learning Coordinators, schools, industry and other stakeholders to manage the transition to a more effective and sustainable state-based model.”

The Napthine Government is building a better education system, delivering a record $9.2 billion for school education in 2014-15, $1 billion more than Labor’s last budget in 2010.

 

Coalition funds Australia-first reef restoration

Shellfish reefs in Port Phillip Bay will be rejuvenated under a landmark partnership between

the Victorian Coalition Government and one of the world’s largest conservation groups.

Minister for Agriculture and Food Security Peter Walsh today announced the Coalition

Government and the Nature Conservancy would work together on Australia’s first shellfish

reef restoration project as part of a three-year, $270,000 partnership.

“Shellfish beds are recognised as important ecological features of Port Phillip Bay as they can

provide key fish habitat valued by both commercial and recreational fishers,” Mr Walsh said.

“The pilot project will use native flat oysters raised at the Department of Environment and

Primary Industries’ Queenscliff hatchery to re-establish shellfish presence on reefs in the Bay,

and is expected to significantly improve fish habitat and recreational fishing opportunities.

“While this is the first Australian reef restoration effort, the project will test a range of reef

restoration methods based on successful overseas experiences.”

Mr Walsh said the first reefs to be restored would be at Geelong, Hobsons Bay and Chelsea.

The Nature Conservancy will contribute $150,000 while the Coalition Government will provide

$120,000 from the $16 million Recreational Fishing Initiative.

“The Victorian Coalition Government has delivered more for recreational fishing in three-anda-

half years than the former Labor government did in more than a decade,” Mr Walsh said.

“By improving angling opportunities across the state through the Recreational Fishing

Initiative, we are helping local communities thrive and building a better Victoria.”

The Nature Conservancy’s Director of Conservation Dr James Fitzsimons said restoring the

Bay’s shellfish reefs was an exciting project for the organisation to be involved in.

“Around the world, considerable progress is being made to restore estuarine reefs that

increase biodiversity, improve fishery productivity and filter the water,” Dr Fitzsimons said.

Mr Walsh said the project was initiated by Fisheries Victoria and the Albert Park Yachting and

Angling Club, whose members had identified through club fishing records the loss of

productive snapper habitat in and around Hobsons Bay.

 

$10 million upgrade of Yarra Hills Secondary School opened

Minister for Education Martin Dixon today joined Member for Kilsyth David Hodgett and Member for Evelyn Christine Fyffe to officially open the $10 million overhaul of Yarra Hills Secondary College’s Mooroolbark Campus.

Mr Dixon said the $10 million redesign, funded in the 2011-12 Victorian State Budget, reflected the Victorian Coalition Government’s commitment to high-quality educational infrastructure.

“The Napthine Government is committed to building better learning environments for all Victorian students, like this modern facility in Melbourne’s thriving outer eastern suburbs,” Mr Dixon said.

The redevelopment includes two science wings, an engineering learning space, performing arts complex, state-of-the-art food technology area, resource centre and general classrooms, and administration zone.

“The Napthine Government has delivered on all of its school commitments from the last election, has built or is building 23 new schools, and is significantly upgrading existing schools like Yarra Hills Secondary College,” Mr Dixon said.

“Since 2011, we have invested $1.1 billion in school capital, including more than $460 million in new schools and upgrades to existing educational infrastructure.

“This includes $1.286 million in capital funding for Manchester Primary School, $2.5 million for Wandin Yallock Primary School, $7.65 million for Eastwood Primary School, and more than $2.3 million for Bayswater North Primary School.”

Acting College Principal Darren Trippett said the new facilities were supporting a broad range of learning opportunities.

“The teachers and students love working in what is a truly 21st century learning environment,” Mr Trippett said.

“The Napthine Government is building better schools for all Victorians, and I know the students and teachers at Yarra Hills Secondary College will benefit from this impressive new campus,” Mr Hodgett said.

“The school community has been actively campaigning for this important rebuild for a number of years, and I am proud to be able to deliver this state-of-the-art facility for students and their teachers.”