A Bold New Vision For Education In The Inner West

The Andrews Labor Government has released a bold vision for a new learning precinct in Melbourne’s inner west.

Minister for Education James Merlino, Member for Williamstown Wade Noonan and Member for Footscray Marsha Thomson visited Footscray City Primary School today to release the Footscray Learning Precinct Feasibility Report and announce a further $10.6 million for the next stage of the project.

The precinct will link, expand and upgrade schools across Melbourne’s inner west and integrate learning at all levels, from early childhood to university.

The project involves a broader vision to  provide for individual learning needs no matter what stage of life a person is at or what skills they do or do not have.

It will be a first for Australia – bringing providers together in three hubs to provide a shared approach to education that will help students reach their goals.

The next stage of development includes advanced master planning and designs for all sites, including a new secondary campus to be built in Seddon. This stage also includes the redevelopment of Gilmore College for Girls and Footscray City Primary School.

The Footscray Learning Precinct is part of the Government’s $2.5 billion investment in Victorian schools, including over 1,000 existing schools projects and 56 new schools.

The Labor Government supports the recommendations outlined in the Footscray Learning Precinct Feasibility Report, which was developed following extensive consultation with the community.

The final governance model and transition arrangements will be announced at the end of 2017, following consultation with local school communities and agreement from School Councils.

The report is now available on at www.schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au/Footscray.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino

“The Footscray Learning Precinct is an Australian-first that will transform education in the inner-west.”

“We’re listening to the community and getting on with this project – to give these kids a great education and the best possible start in life.”

Quote attributable to Member for Williamstown Wade Noonan

“This ground-breaking project will transform education in our community – inspiring our children to aim higher and do better, whichever path they choose.”

Quote attributable to member for Footscray Marsha Thomson

“This is the first stage of providing a new way of delivering life-long learning that will meet the needs of everyone, no matter what age or stage.”