Media Release

15 October 2018

Guy-Smith: Liberals to upgrade Fairhills High School

Monday 15 October 2018

Liberals to upgrade Fairhills High School

Out of control population growth in our local suburbs is placing enormous pressure on our schools.

That’s why an elected Liberal Nationals Government will invest $9 million to deliver the first stage of construction works at Fairhills High School.

This announcement follows the Liberal Nationals commitment to pay for textbooks for all secondary school students at government schools to help Victorian families get back in control of education. This will save some families of two secondary students around $1,000 a year.

When the Liberals were last in government, local schools in Knox received $38.5 million in new and upgraded facilities to support excellence in teaching and learning.

Under the Liberals, Mountain Gate, Fairhills, Wattleview and Ferntree Gully North primary schools were upgraded, and the new Eastern Ranges School and Boronia K-12 College were opened.

However, schools in Knox have largely been neglected and ignored by the Andrews Labor Government over the last four years, with no major school infrastructure investment in that time.

A Matthew Guy-led government will continue to make important capital investments in local schools in Knox, including:

  • $9 million to complete stage 1 of works at Fairhills High School,
  • $1.5 million to build a new gymnasium at Wantirna South Primary School,
  • $5 million to upgrade facilities at Scoresby Secondary College, and
  • Allowing Regency Park Primary School to redirect existing funding to upgrade its general purpose room.

This investment in Fairhills High School will ease the local population squeeze and help give our children the best opportunities.

Comments attributable to Leader of the Opposition, Matthew Guy:

“Daniel Andrews has lost control of population growth which is placing enormous strain on our school system.

I will get back in control of education by building the schools and classrooms we need.”

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Education, Tim Smith:

“Fairhills High School has been overlooked by the Andrews Labor Government for far too long, which is further proof the so-called ‘education state’ slogan is not worth the number plates it’s written on and I’m pleased we can right this wrong.

The Liberal Nationals are committed to upgrading Fairhills High School, and giving local Knox students every chance they need to pursue a quality education.”

Comments attributable to Member for Ferntree Gully, Nick Wakeling:

“The Fairhills High school community has called on Labor over the last four years to provide funding to upgrade out-dated and weathered facilities, but their pleas have fallen on deaf ears.

Fairhills High School is a great local school, and I am proud to be supporting the excellent teaching and learning taking place at this school with this first stage of the school’s modernisation.”