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Schools

Our rapid population growth means that we urgently need the timely delivery of primary and secondary schools.

Tasks

Residential growth in the areas of Epping and Wollert means there is significant demand for more schools.

To prevent the overcrowding that we are experiencing in many schools in our north-eastern growth corridor, we urgently need timely delivery of primary and secondary schools in these areas.

We actively advocate for more school land and infrastructure.

Commitments sought

PRIORITY 1: Purchase additional land and construct Wollert East P-6 with the school to open in 2022.

PRIORITY 2: Construct Wollert East 7 -12 with the school to open in 2023, including a fully integrated specialist school.

PRIORITY 3: Purchase the land and construct Hayes Hill P-6 in Donnybrook with the school to open in 2023.

PRIORITY 4: Purchase the land and construct Wollert West P-6 with the school to open in 2023.

PRIORITY 5: Purchase the land for Wollert Central with the school to open in 2025.

PRIORITY 6: Construct Edgars Creek Secondary stage 3, to open in 2023.

PRIORITY 7: Invest in land acquisition and construction of Mt Ridley Autism School.

Access to specialist schools

At the 2016 Census there were 1093 Whittlesea residents aged between 5 and 19 needing assistance due to disability. Currently, Whittlesea students requiring specialist education face unacceptable barriers to accessing appropriate schools including limited access to school buses, long travel times and minimal access to before or after school care. These barriers impact the wellbeing and learning outcomes of the child and the wellbeing and employment opportunities of their families.

Specialist schools designated to Whittlesea residents are at capacity and difficult to access:

  • Northern School for Autism is the only school available to City of Whittlesea residents living with autism.  Expected 2019 enrolments for this school will exceed its capacity and may leave families unable to enrol their child.
  • With Concord School located outside the southern boundary of the municipality, families from the outer north are spending hours in traffic to get to and from this school.

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