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Future secured for Oberon high school

Families in Geelong will soon have a new secondary school with Oberon High School to be relocated to a modern facility to be built at the Armstrong Creek Education Precinct.

Minister for Education James Merlino has visited the precinct site to announce the school’s relocation and see concrete poured for a new P-6 primary school and P-12 special school that will open there in 2018.

Oberon High School’s relocation was announced as part of a review into secondary school provision in Geelong’s south, released recently.

The review investigated enrolment demand for existing local government secondary schools in Geelong’s south, which includes Belmont High School, Oberon High School and Grovedale College.

It considered whether these schools have sufficient space to cater for future enrolments, including the extra demand expected to come from nearby Armstrong Creek, which is expected to boom over the next 20 years with an extra 7,000 school-age residents living in the area by 2036.

To meet this demand the review recommends either relocating Oberon High School to the Armstrong Creek Education Precinct by 2021 and building a second secondary school in Armstrong Creek by 2036, or building two new secondary schools in the Armstrong Creek area by 2026 and 2036.

The Community Reference Group involved in the review strongly supports relocating Oberon High School and the Andrews Labor Government will now prioritise funding in future state budgets for the relocation.

The Labor Government is building the Education State so that every Victorian gets the opportunity for a great education and every community has access to a great school.

There are already 42 new government schools in the construction pipeline following a record $1.8 billion investment in new schools and school upgrades around the state.

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