Kids across Melbourne’s northern suburbs will get the world-class schools they deserve, as the Andrews Labor Government gets on with the job of building brand new schools for our rapidly growing suburbs and school communities.

The Labor Government today announced the Victorian Budget 2018/19 will include $353.2 million to build and plan for 28 new schools in Victoria’s fastest growing areas, including two for Melbourne’s north.

The Budget includes $19.7 million to build Beveridge West Primary School and $24 million to build the Craigieburn South Secondary School.

These new schools will open in 2020, and means families across Melbourne’s rapidly growing north can have peace of mind that they will be able to access a great local school, close to home.

This boost for our growing suburbs will upgrade classrooms and school facilities across Victoria, helping teachers and giving more students the individual attention they need to get the 21st century education they deserve.

The Labor Government is building the Education State to give every Victorian student a great education, and every community a great local school.

In contrast, in 2016 not one new school opened because the Liberals failed to plan for our growing state, while slashing $1 billion from the education budget. We won’t let that happen again.

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

Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino

“Building two new schools in Melbourne’s north will ensure we keep pace with the community’s increasing population and give families certainty and peace of mind.”

“The community has fought hard for new schools here and only Labor is getting on and delivering them. This is about putting hard working families across Melbourne’s north first.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green

 “We’re upgrading schools right across the northern suburbs to make sure they have the best classrooms and the best facilities.”

“Beveridge families have been calling for a new school and I’m delighted their voices have now been heard.”

 Quotes attributable to Member for Yuroke Ros Spence

“Here in Craigieburn and right across Victoria we are making sure every child has every opportunity to succeed.”