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Investment in Melbourne schools

The Victorian Government has announced $5 million for an upgrade to Melbourne’s Albert Park College and the relocation of Melbourne City Mission’s youth programs to Prahran.

The funding will deliver additional classroom space to accommodate the school’s growing enrolments. Funding has been allocated for two additional classrooms at the main campus as well as a new site at Pickles Street in South Melbourne.

The funding will also be used to relocate Melbourne City Mission, including the refurbishment of leased space at Melbourne Polytechnic in Prahran.

The Government said $2.5 billion has now been invested in school infrastructure over the past three years, with 56 new schools being delivered across the state.

The Victorian Budget 2017/18 invested $685 million to improve classrooms, upgrade facilities and build new schools across the state.

This includes $195 million to upgrade and modernise schools. The projects include new classrooms, STEM facilities, gymnasiums and playgrounds at 59 regional schools and 49 metropolitan schools.

The Government said it is building the Education State so that every student can access a great local school and get a great education.

“We want to make sure that our schools have the best facilities, our classrooms have the best teachers and that every child is given every chance to succeed,” said Minister for Education James Merlino.

“Former Liberal governments closed down schools in the inner city and we are doing the exact opposite – investing in schools like Albert Park College so they can grow and accommodate more students.”

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