University High School boundaries tripled to include all the CBD, parts of Southbank and the Docklands from just North Melbourne, Carlton, Parkville and the northern end of the CBD. The Minister acts without any consultation with the Principal or School Council, no strategy or finances for facilities have been offered to service this huge expansion of the zone. It is reported that in 2017 there will be 200 students in year 7 alone based on the current zone, is this going to place yet another enormous stress on our school community?
Down in paragraph three the Minister confirms a new school is planned for North Melbourne.
Four New Schools For Melbourne’s Inner City Families
11th Oct 2016
More than 5,000 new student places will be created for Melbourne families, with a further three new primary schools and a high school to be built in the inner city.
Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Albert Park Martin Foley today released the Docklands School Provision Review and Stage 2 of the Andrews Labor Government’s Inner City Schools Package in response.
The Labor Government will build a new primary school at Docklands, with work to start immediately on acquiring the site. Planning will also start on a new primary and secondary school at Fishermans Bend and a new primary school at North Melbourne.
More than 90,000 students are forecast to enter Victorian schools over the next five years due to Victoria’s population boom and there is a growing demand for new schools in Melbourne’s inner city.
The Labor Government has already delivered a record $1.8 billion to build 42 new schools and upgrade hundreds more across the state to meet this enrolment demand. Under Stage 2 of the Inner city Schools Package announced today, the Government will also:
- Build a new Docklands primary school with work to start immediately on acquiring a site
- Identify sites and start planning for a new primary school at North Melbourne
- Identify sites for both a primary and secondary school at Fishermans Bend
- Secure a site to expand Albert Park College and provide five extra classrooms
- Deliver the remaining funding for South Melbourne Park Primary School and Prahran High School
- Open the new Richmond High School and Ferrars Street Primary School in 2018.
The Principal of Ferrars Street Primary School – the new vertical school at South Melbourne – will also be appointed 12 months before the school opens so local families can get enrolment support well in advance.
Inner city enrolment boundaries will also be changed so Docklands families will be able to send their children to Ferrars Street Primary School and University High School.
The Andrews Labor Government is building the Education State so every Victorian student has the opportunity for a great education and every community has access to a great school – no matter where they live.
The Docklands School Provision Review is available at: