Mr HOWARD (Buninyong) — (Question 164) My question is for the Minister for Education. I ask the minister to advise of the opportunity for Phoenix P–12 Community College in Sebastopol to receive a funding allocation in this year’s budget that will enable the school to continue with its reconstruction program. The secondary school component of Phoenix P–12 was built in the 1960s, and the school community have been excited to see several stages of rebuilding over the past four years. They are very hopeful that this work will be able to continue to a timely conclusion over the coming year. Although the school community know that ahead of the election Labor committed $10 million for the school reconstruction, they would be very pleased to learn that this funding will come forward in Labor’s first budget. Principal Scott Dellar and his staff have done a great job in raising the aspirations of the students. This funding announcement will help the school to continue with its great work.
Question asked by: Member for Buninyong
Directed to: Minister for Education
Asked on: 16 April 2015
REPLY: 26 May 2015 Minister for Education
Investment in education and school infrastructure is a priority for the Victorian Government, that is why we have announced a $730 million package for Victorian school infrastructure. This funding will enable the refurbishment and renovation of schools, the delivery of brand new relocatable classrooms and construction of desperately-needed new schools for the State.
I am pleased to announce that Phoenix P-12 College will receive $10 million in the 2015-16 State Budget to complete Stage 3 of school upgrade. This will include the construction of new classrooms and administration, food technology and visual arts facilities.
Planning for this exciting project is already underway. To assist with the planning process, schools receiving capital funding will develop, in consultation with the Department of Education and Training, a five-year integrated capital and maintenance Asset Management Plan (AMP). The AMP will outline the capital and maintenance tasks to be performed over the following five-year period, using all available sources of funding. The AMP will also consider local priorities and provision.
I have asked the Department to work closely with the school on its future plans for capital improvement.