Families in Melbourne’s inner west are a step closer to having a world-class education precinct after a site has been secured to build a new co-educational junior secondary campus in Seddon, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government.
Member for Williamstown Melissa Horne and Member for Footscray Katie Hall today announced land at Pilgrim Street, Seddon has been acquired for the new junior secondary campus (years 7-9), to be built as part of a new secondary school that will be at the centre of the new Footscray Learning Precinct.
The Labor Government has invested more than $80 million in the Footscray Learning Precinct to create and link educational facilities in Melbourne’s inner west, support diversity and accommodate all ages and stages of learning, including $29 million for construction of the new Seddon junior secondary campus.
The Precinct will include two junior secondary campuses (years 7 to 9) as well as one senior secondary campus (year 10 to 12) as part of the new secondary school, while two primary schools – Footscray City Primary School and Footscray Primary School – will form part of the precinct.
The co-educational junior secondary campuses will be located on Pilgrim Street, Seddon and one at Gilmore College for Girls (which will become a co-educational campus), while the senior secondary campus will be located at the existing Footscray City College.
Construction on the Seddon junior secondary campus is expected to start in coming months. The three-storey, vertical building will include science, food technology and art facilities.
The Labor Government is building the Education State with an unprecedented $5.6 billion investment in improving, upgrading and building schools to ensure that every community can access a great local school where students are supported to achieve their best.
The Footscray Learning Precinct is part of the Labor Government’s school building boom that will see 100 new government schools open by 2026.
Quotes attributable to Member for Williamstown Melissa Horne
“I’m excited to see families in the Seddon, Kingsville and Yarraville area will have the opportunity to send their children to a local high school. Having been the President of SKY High for a number of years, it’s incredibly rewarding to see the government working with the local community for better education opportunities.”
Quotes attributable to Member for Footscray Katie Hall
“The way education is delivered in the inner-west is being transformed through the creation of the Footscray Learning Precinct. This is a landmark investment and there’s exciting times ahead as we prepare for the first intake of year 7 high school students in 2020.