Bumper education budget for the Keysborough electorate

Communities in Springvale, Noble Park, Keysborough and the emerging suburb of Keysborough South will enjoy a bumper education investment from the Andrews Labor Government’s 2016-17 State Budget.

The State Budget today delivered a whopping $13 million to complete upgrades to Keysborough College and Chandler Park Primary School, along with funding for land acquisition for a new primary school in Keysborough South.

The Andrews Labor Government has listened carefully to the needs of the growing community of Keysborough South, setting aside funding in the 2016-17 Budget to buy land for a new primary school. Population projections support the need for a local primary school in this booming area.

New houses are going up every day in Keysborough South. While local primary schools in Noble Park and Keysborough currently have capacity, soon there will be a need for a new primary school south of Cheltenham Road.

The Andrews Labor Government is planning ahead of this need. Negotiations for a site on Chapel Road will begin immediately as the first stage of delivering a new school for Keysborough South.

Today we announced $10 million from the 2016-17 Victorian Budget to complete upgrades to Keysborough College’s ageing facilities, ensuring students have the modern spaces they need to learn. The funding will go towards refurbishment and new facilities for food technology, creative arts, visual arts, music, drama, physical education, canteen and toilets, across both Acacia and Banksia campuses.

Also announced today was $3 million for upgrading Chandler Park Primary School, with funding for six new classrooms and a library facility.

These school upgrade projects have been years in the making and I’m pleased to deliver on this election commitment for our local students and their families.

Keysborough College and Chandler Park PS are doing great work – this funding will help them become even better.

I am also delighted to deliver on much-needed public transport service through the new areas of Keysborough South.

Keysborough South residents will soon be able to hop on a bus connecting Noble Park and Mordialloc Train Stations, via Keylana Drive, Westwood Boulevard and Perry Road in Keysborough South and Bloomfield Road, Noble Park.

This new bus route will open up the local area to both the Frankston and Pakenham/Cranbourne lines, as well as connecting with the Route 902 Smart Bus and other bus services.

Extensive community consultation helped inform the route, with further details including service frequency and a commencement date to be announced in the coming weeks.

The new service will be delivered as part of the Andrews Government’s $100 million Better Bus Networks program.

I strongly encourage residents to use the new route when it begins – early patronage figures will help inform whether the service needs to increase in frequency. So make the most of it!