Constituency Question: Footscray Learning Precinct

Mr NOONAN (Williamstown) (12:51:46) — (13 999) Today my question is to the Minister for Education and it concerns the Footscray learning precinct. As the minister will be well aware, the member for Footscray and I have worked for many years to build support for a new education precinct to be developed in the Footscray-Seddon area to deliver groundbreaking preschool-to-postgraduate education facilities and pathways. Much work has now been done on the concept and structure for this precinct and the community has been consulted widely. My question to the minister concerns the new secondary school facility to be built on Pilgrim Street, and I ask specifically: what progress has been made to secure the site?

 

Hon James MERLINO MP (Minister for Education) The Premier and I visited John Henry Primary School on 13 March to announce a $236.8 million investment to purchase land for 14 new school sites across Victoria. One of the sites to receive funding as part of this announcement was for the new Seddon Campus of the Footscray Learning Precinct.

This funding announcement is a significant milestone for your community and I congratulate you for your strong advocacy, over a very long time, to see a secondary school delivered in this part of your electorate.

The proposed site for the Footscray Learning Precinct junior secondary college in Seddon has a number of different landowners, including a parcel of land already in the ownership of the Department of Education and Training.

The Victorian School Building Authority (VSBA) has initiated conversations with a number of stakeholders, including Maribyrnong City Council, VicTrack and Victoria University. The VSBA is working to secure the entire site as quickly as possible.

It is envisaged that ownership of the different land parcels will be secured progressively throughout 2018. I trust this information is of assistance.