Building the Education State in Niddrie


Students in the electorate of Niddrie are big winners in the Andrews Labor Government’s first Education State Budget.


Essendon Keilor College will receive $10 million to completely rebuild the Niddrie junior campus with new classrooms, specialist areas and administration areas, as well as new science rooms at the Keilor East junior campus and a new performing arts space at the Essendon senior campus.


In November 2011, the Herald Sun reported that Essendon Keilor College was the state’s most rundown school, with 1,341 maintenance items requiring attention.


Since he was elected in 2012, Member for Niddrie Ben Carroll has been committed to getting Essendon Keilor College the funding it deserves.


“My immediate priority is the implementation of the Essendon Keilor College master plan.” Mr Carroll said in his inaugural speech.


The Labor Government has used its first

Education State Budget to inject a massive $730 million back into school infrastructure to build and upgrade schools across the state, ensuring students are educated in the school environments they deserve.


Under an extensive and re-vitalised school’s building program, scores of Victorian government schools will be renovated, refurbished and rebuilt, new schools will be constructed and brand-new relocatable classrooms will be delivered to meet demand at growing schools.


The Budget will fund the first stage of an extensive asbestos removal program so that families can be assured their children are being educated in safe schools.


It also includes $120 million to build and upgrade Catholic and independent schools across the state, matching dollar-for-dollar the non-government sector’s contribution.


Other Budget commitments include:


 $35 million for 126 brand new relocatable classrooms to meet the demand of schools bursting at the seams;


 More than $25 million in extra funding for school maintenance;


 $10 million for an Inclusive Schools Package to provide additional infrastructure and equipment to support students with disabilities at schools across the state.


Quotes attributable to the Member for Niddrie, Ben Carroll:


“We can measure the quality of our education system by the quality of our government schools – which is why I am delighted to see Essendon Keilor College campuses receiving funding for vital improvements.”


“The Andrews Labor Government is transforming Victoria into the Education State so that all children have access to high-quality schools regardless of their background and where they live.”


Quote attributable to the Minister for Education, James Merlino


“This is the biggest education Budget ever, because Victorian students deserve nothing less.”