Kids across Melbourne’s northern region will get the world-class school they deserve, with the Andrews Labor Government investing an additional $5.3 million for the construction of Stage 2 of Yarrambat Park Primary School.

Labor Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green announced the Victorian Budget 2018/19 has allocated funding for the primary school. The construction of a new Performing Arts and Physical Education Building with a competition-grade basketball and netball court, gym storage, music room, music store, staff room multi-purpose room, a canteen and student/staff amenities.

Ms Green said the $5.3 million boost meant the school would be a hub of great services and facilities that everyone in the Doreen community can be proud of.

“The funding was first provided in the 2017/18 State Budget and this additional funding will ensure that this school opens for the start of the 2019 school year,” Ms Green said.

“This school will be built for 475 students, assisting in alleviating enrolment pressures for surrounding schools and to meet the demand of a growing population.”

“Providing a building with a competition-grade basketball and netball courts will benefit local sporting clubs such as the Yarrambat Phantoms who do not currently have a home to call their own. This vital funding is a win for education, local families and local sport.”

Ms Green turned the first sod at the Patience Avenue site in March. The Yarrambat Park Primary School is one of six new growth area schools being delivered across Melbourne as part of a multi-school tender with Kane Constructions.

The new school was designed in consultation with local residents, who got the opportunity to have their say during community engagement held during the design process.

The Victorian Budget 2018/19 includes $46.1 million for additional stages of 7 new schools opening in 2019.

In contrast, in 2016 not one new school opened because the Liberals failed to plan for our growing state. We won’t let that happen again.

Over the last three years, our investments total more than $2.8 billion, funding more than 1,200 school upgrades and building 70 new schools, as well as creating more than 5,000 jobs.