Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull, today officially opened the $10 million Stage one redevelopment of the Bairnsdale Secondary College and announced a re-elected Coalition Government will commit $12.5 million towards Stage two of the project. Tim is pictured with Bairnsdale Secondary College Year 11 Captains, Katherine Dobinson and Matthew Corbett and College Principal, Ian Hall at today’s announcement.
Bairnsdale Secondary College will receive a further $12.5 million to complete Stage two of its construction under a re-elected Coalition Government.
Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull, representing Minister for Education, Martin Dixon, made the announcement at the official opening of the $10 million Stage one redevelopment.
Mr Bull said the Napthine Government has a strong record of delivering for school education.
“This $10 million redevelopment was an important investment for the school community, and our $12.5 million election commitment to complete Stage two will be a massive boost to local education,” Mr Bull said.
Funded in the 2012-13 State Budget, the $10 million redevelopment has merged two existing campuses onto a single campus and created three separate ‘learning hubs’: for Year 7, Years 8-9 and Years 10-12.
The upgrade includes the administration building, the creation of learning ‘hubs’ with a range of flexible learning spaces, seminar and presentation spaces, and two extended outside learning areas.
“Since 2011 the Victorian Coalition Government has invested $1.1 billion in school capital, including $10 million for Bairnsdale Secondary College, and $3 million for Toorloo Arm Primary School in Gippsland East,” Mr Bull said.
Mr Bull said Bairnsdale Secondary College has built a solid reputation as an innovative leader in education in East Gippsland.
“This new facility will provide an outstanding environment for both teachers and students that will not only benefit students’ learning, but provide a community hub for families in the local area,” Mr Bull said.
College principal, Ian Hall, said the students and teachers had only just started touring and trialing the new facilities but were already won over by them.
“They all love the open plan design, the acoustics and the general feel of the buildings, and I have no doubt they will enhance the whole experience of being at school,” Mr Hall said.
The Napthine Government is building a better education system, with a record $9.2 billion for school education in 2014-15, $1 billion more than Labor’s last budget in 2010.