Media Release

14 November 2018

Smith: Liberal Nationals to upgrade Port Melbourne Primary School

Tuesday 13 November 2018

Liberal Nationals to upgrade Port Melbourne Primary School

The Liberal Nationals are committed to investing in schools to ease the local population squeeze – as well as planning for schools’ future needs.

That’s why an elected Liberal Nationals Government will commit $7.8 million towards a new multi-level building including new classrooms and administration facilities at Port Melbourne Primary School.

This project will provide extra room for students and staff at a school that has experienced huge growth in enrolments in recent years. It will also open up more outdoor space because some portable classrooms, currently on the school oval, will no longer be needed.

Today’s announcement reinforces Andrew Bond’s strong plan for education in the Albert Park electorate, complementing the Liberal Nationals’ other local school commitments:

  • $250,000 for the Port Phillip Specialist School to build their long-planned kitchen café – a great new space for learning life skills, and vocational training.
  • $900,000 for Albert Park Primary School to redevelop the former church on its grounds, and an additional $50,000 to create a long overdue site master plan.
  • $5 million to upgrade and refurbish all general learning areas and construct a multi-purpose hall at Galilee Regional Catholic Primary School in South Melbourne.
  • $14 million for a new arts centre for Albert Park College within Gasworks Park. This will 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. Community groups will also use the space.

Only the Liberal Nationals will get back in control of population growth and back Port Melbourne Primary School so that local students can get the very best education.

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Education, Tim Smith:

“Out of control population growth caused by the Andrews Labor Government’s lack of planning is placing enormous pressure on our schools.

The Liberal Nationals are committed to investing in schools to ease the local population squeeze.”

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

“I’m proud of this package of announcements for our brilliant local schools, which come from working closely with them to understand their needs, and support their plans to respond to increasing student numbers.”