Government Announces $53.1M Investment for New Buildings Across 21 Victorian Schools

The Andrews Labor Government will invest $53.1 million in brand new buildings for 21 schools across Victoria. This is great news for students across the state, as well as companies such as Pretect who have built a reputation on delivering customised classrooms quickly, safely and cost-effectively.

Minister for Education James Merlino visited Glengala/Sunshine West Primary School last week to announce the third round of schools set to receive new buildings as part of the Labor Government’s Asbestos Removal Program. The Glengala/Sunshine West Primary School will receive $4.3 million to replace the North Wing with a brand new permanent building. This is in addition to the nearly completed South Wing, which was announced in the first round of funding.

With 47 schools expected to receive major upgrades as part of this program, the Minister for Education has recognised the efficiency of modular building in constructing large numbers of custom built classrooms within budget and timeline constraints.

In a statement regarding the growing popularity of prefabricated construction in the education industry he expressed that “Using permanent modular buildings increases flexibility for schools and reduces the interruptions to students, staff and teaching programs.”

Architect-designed permanent modular buildings offer a fast and efficient solution for schools needing to replace older buildings containing asbestos that may pose a risk in the future. Companies such as Pretect have the ability to build new, completely customised classrooms off-site and deliver them to schools so teaching is not interrupted.

Minister James Merlino expressed the mission of his team and that they would continue to improve school infrastructure across Victoria so that “every student has the opportunity to get the most out of their education.”

With companies such as Pretect at their disposal, this development of infrastructure is anticipated to be realised well within the planned schedule, ensuring potentially harmful asbestos is removed and new classrooms are erected as soon as possible.