The Victorian Government is investing $42 million into planning for school infrastructure projects to fast-track the state’s long-term economic recovery hit by the coronavirus pandemic.
The Hon James Merlino MP, Minister for Education and State Member for Narre Warren South Gary Maas, were today pleased to announce that Hampton Park Secondary College is one of 33 further schools given the green light to start planning for upgrades and new builds under the Infrastructure Planning and Acceleration Fund.
The Minister and Mr Maas made the announcement on-line with Isabeau Hart and Eddie Vusic, Student Leaders, Luke Delutis, School Council President, and Wayne Haworth, Hampton Park Secondary College Principal, in attendance.
Hampton Park Secondary College will receive $563,000 to plan for their Stage 3 modernisation works including a new Wellness Centre and refurbishment of the administration and entrance area.
The new Wellness Centre will support different health initiatives as well as cater to the diverse needs of the multicultural student population.
The Victorian School Building Authority will work with school communities and provide principals and school leaders with ‘Bricks & Mortar’ training, which covers the process schools should follow to successfully manage their project.
Developing detailed designs now will mean these projects will be shovel-ready once capital funding is allocated in a future State Budget.
Mr Maas also announced that 4Dimensions Building Contractors will lead construction on the $2.62 million Stage 1 of modernisation works that will make sure students and staff at the College get the state-of-the-art facilities that they deserve.
Wowowa Architecture worked on the designs for Stage 1 which will convert the school’s gymnasium into a double storey classroom complex to create six flexible classrooms, informal learning spaces, staff work areas, and VCE seminar room. Stage 1 is set to be completed in 2021.
Hampton Park Secondary College has received more than $7 million in recent funding which will be used to deliver the school’s 3 stage master plan and ensure that students are able to learn in modern and functional environments.
The Victorian Government is investing an unprecedented $7.2 billion in Victorian school infrastructure, which is delivering more than 1,460 school upgrades and 100 new schools by 2026 – ensuring every child can access a great local school where they can achieve their best.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino:
“We are providing students and teachers across the state 21st Century learning facilities to enable them to reach their full potential – that’s why Victoria is the Education State.”
“Planning for school upgrades in the future will provide a much needed boost to our economy as we get on with the post pandemic recovery.”
Quotes attributable to Member for Narre Warren South Gary Maas:
“The Andrews Government will continue to invest in our local schools such as Hampton Park Secondary College to make sure students have the best facilities to help them achieve their best results.”
“It is important to plan for the future and these investments ensure Hampton Park families will have access to a high quality education.”
“The announcement of 4Dimensions Building Contractors is the next step in delivering Stage 1 of the school’s modernisation as the State Government continues to get it done.”
“The Stage 3 planning investment ensures that our students and staff at Hampton Park Secondary College are getting the facilities that they need for the best learning outcomes.”
Quotes attributable to Hampton Park Secondary College Principal Wayne Haworth:
“I welcome the State Government’s investment in planning for Stage 3 of Hampton Park Secondary College’s masterplan. Planning for Stage 3 is another step as we endeavour to provide all our students with a truly modern and state-of-the-art learning environment that will assist us to maximise learning.”
“We are continuing to deliver our modernisation masterplan with construction funding of Stage 1 and 2, and planning funding for Stage 3. Our students, teachers and families look forward to all the upcoming construction and new facilities.”
8 October 2020