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Building a new Epping North school brick by brick

The Victorian Government is giving families in Epping North the first-rate classrooms and facilities they deserve.

Victorian Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny turned the first sod on the brand new Edgars Creek Secondary College.

The $12 million project will build a state-of-the art science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) building with science labs, flexible break-out areas and digital technology learning spaces.
It will accommodate 1,800 students in Years 7 to 12.

The new school will be located within a new community precinct that will also include a primary school, community activity centre and a council reserve.

Edgars Creek Secondary College will feature a new, full-sized AFL grade oval with training lights, coaches boxes and a cricket pitch.

The oval, worth up to $4.7 million, was funded through the Government’s $50 million Shared Facilities Fund and will be used by local clubs – meaning the entire community benefits.

Construction of the school has been fast-tracked to meet rapid enrolment demand in Epping North.

Because of this, Edgars Creek Secondary College will open in two stages from term one, 2018.

Year 7 students will be taught at Mernda Central P-12 College for terms one and two in 2018, and will then transition to the new Edgars Creek Secondary College in term three, once it is fully operational.

The Government has invested $2.5 billion over three Budgets to improve classrooms, upgrade facilities and build new schools across the State.

This school building boom has delivered more than 1,000 school upgrades and 56 new school projects across the State, supporting almost 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians.

Source: Vic Government

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