Ms VAGHELA (Western Metropolitan) (17:42): My adjournment matter is directed to the Honourable James Merlino, Deputy Premier, Minister for Education and Minister for Mental Health. As our state emerges from the global pandemic, we are making sure that all Victorians have the support they need in every aspect of their life. With the beginning of the new education year, the Victorian government is making additional investments in education and training to support our students, boost the economy, create jobs and ensure Victorians have the skills they need to secure a stable job. Victorian students will be supported to achieve their best, regardless of their circumstances and background, as the Victorian government invests an additional $3 billion in new schools and school infrastructure through the Victorian budget 2020–21.
Families in Victoria’s fastest growing areas are a step closer to getting the state-of-the-art schools they deserve, and the state budget invests a record $3 billion to roll out the next phase of Victoria’s school building and modernisation boom. Right across the state we are building new schools so every child has the chance to get a great education no matter where they live: 14 new schools opened this year, with all the builders appointed for the 14 new schools to open in 2022. I am excited to see these schools take shape.
In the Western Metropolitan Region several new schools have opened their doors recently. These include Davis Creek Primary School in Tarneit, Homestead Senior Secondary College in Point Cook and Riverwalk Primary School in Werribee. The Andrews Labor government is making sure that every child has a great start in life through a great local school. The action I seek from the minister is to provide me with an update about how many new schools will be built and how many existing schools will be getting upgraded under the $3 billion school building boom in the Victorian budget 2020–21 in my constituency of Western Metropolitan Region.