Media Release

20 April 2018

Guy-Smith: Albert Park College receives boost for new Arts Centre

Friday 20 April 2018

Albert Park College receives boost for new Arts Centre

The Liberal Nationals have announced that if elected $14 million will be provided towards a new state of the art performing centre at Albert Park College.

Victoria is growing at nearly 150,000 people a year and our local schools are feeling the squeeze more than ever.

Working with the college the Liberals Nationals will place the new arts centre within Gaswork Park. This will in turn enable the college to provide approximately 350 additional student places at the Dank Street Campus.

The new centre will include a concert performance space, dance studio and music rehearsal room, complementing and expanding the schools current drama and visual arts program.

Community groups will also be able to use the space to further increase community engagement with the college.

Albert Park College will be unable to meet demand for students within its catchment zone by 2020. If further space is not found, the school will only be able to offer places to approximately 60% of students entitled to enrol in the 2020 Year 7 intake.

Only the Liberals Nationals will back Albert Park College’s plans for expansion so that children will be able to get the education they deserve as well as develop their skills and talents.

Comments attributable to Leader of the Opposition, Matthew Guy:

“Albert Park College has established a remarkable reputation for music and drama in a very short time.

“Andrew Bond has been advocating for this expansion as Albert Park College feels the squeeze from Melbourne’s rapid population growth.

“A government I lead will commit to expand the school so students don’t get turned away in the future.”

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Education, Tim Smith:

“While part-time Education Minister, James Merlino is waring with the CFA and desperately trying to hold onto his seat, local schools are being forgotten.”

Comments attributable to Liberal Candidate for Albert Park, Andrew Bond: 

“Albert Park is an outstanding school with a solid plan to address the growth that we all know is coming.

“This funding means the school can move its excellent music and drama programs out of classrooms and into a custom space that will be shared with the community.”