Media Release

10 October 2018

Smith: St Louis de Montfort Primary School

Wednesday 10 October 2018

St Louis de Montfort Primary School

The Liberal Nationals support a strong public and private education system because we believe in giving parent’s choice and children the best opportunities.

With Melbourne’s current population squeeze limiting parental choices it’s never been more important to support all three sectors of the school system.

A critically important part of that choice is for parents to have the option of low-fee, independent and Catholic schools.

The Liberal National will invest $6 million for St Louis de Montfort Primary School in Aspendale, to deliver a new sustainably-responsible two-storey facility, featuring 12 new learning areas.

This building will accommodate 300 students when completed, and will include flexible break out spaces and access to outdoor learning environments.

This is an investment in the future for the school that will not only enhance the learning opportunities for the 700 students currently attending St Louis de Montfort’s but for many thousands of bayside students for decades to come.

Melbourne’s population is now 5 million people and growing at an average of around 2,700 a week and it’s putting enormous pressure on suburbs like Aspendale.

This commitment is a part of an elected Liberal Nationals Government pledge to support a partnership with Catholic and independent schools with a $400 million fund to upgrade and build new schools across Victoria. The fund will also support the removal of dangerous asbestos and cladding in Catholic and independent schools.

Melbourne’s population squeeze is putting enormous stress on all of our services including our public and private schools.

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Education, Tim Smith:

“The Liberal Nationals have a plan to ease the population squeeze.

Our plan to ease the population squeeze includes upgrading Catholic and independent schools and decentralising our population across all of Victoria.

Giving parents and children choice in education is a core value of the Liberal Nationals.”

Comments attributable to the Liberal candidate for Mordialloc, Geoff Gledhill:

“The Liberals are committed to upgrading St Louis de Montfort to give its students a bright and functional space in which to learn.

The Liberals will transform this school so our children receive a great education in a modern and clean learning environment.