Labor will commit $15 million to make Footscray the potential home of a preschool-to-postgraduate education precinct, Leader of the Opposition, Daniel Andrews, announced today.

Mr Andrews joined local Labor Members, Marsha Thomson and Wade Noonan, along with Shadow Education Minister, James Merlino, to deliver the news to the community.

Labor’s proposal – a national first – will bring together early childhood education providers, Footscray City Primary School, Footscray City College, Victoria University and other stakeholders.

The precinct complements VU and Maribyrnong City Council’s ‘University Town’ strategy for Footscray. Once the proposal passes a feasibility study, a master plan will be developed with VU, schools and other stakeholders.

Labor’s $15 million commitment will also allow for the potential relocation of Footscray City College within the precinct, providing staff and students with state-of-the-art facilities for more space to grow.

Quotes attributable to Mr Andrews:

“A landmark education precinct in Footscray will change the face of the West.”

“This education precinct is a powerful concept and Labor’s plan will help make it happen.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Footscray, Marsha Thomson:

“This plan will make Footscray the centre of learning, so anyone – no matter what their age or background – can access quality education.”

“Labor’s plan will see a preschool, a primary school and a secondary school as well as a tertiary provider all in the one campus.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Williamstown, Wade Noonan:

“The western suburbs are seeing massive growth in demand for our schools, which is why Labor is investing in this ground-breaking concept.”

“Everyone, from any background or any age, deserves the chance to learn new skills and start a new career.”

Key Facts

• The proposed relocation of Footscray City College is dependent on the outcome of the feasibility study.
• There is currently a strategy between Maribyrnong City Council and Victoria University to make Footscray a ‘University town’.

Published on August 5, 2014