Students in New Gisborne will soon have access to the first-rate classrooms and facilities they deserve, with work under way upgrading New Gisborne Primary School.

Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas, today turned the first sod to start construction on New Gisborne Primary’s $3.1 million upgrade, which will help it deliver a 21st century education.

The upgrade will see two new Music Pods for instrumental music, choir and as additional meeting space, the redevelopment of landscaping on Station Road and Ferrier Road, new seating and waiting areas, the conversion of lights around the school to LED, and the modernisation of storm water drainage around the school.

The first phase of works – the installation of a new astra-turf oval, complete with drainage and line-markings, was completed over the summer break.

The project is expected to be complete by early 2022.

The Andrews Labor Government is building the Education State right here in Gisborne – with a new school, Willowbank Primary, opening in 2022, and upgrades also taking place at Gisborne Primary School, Sunbury and Macedon Ranges Specialist School in Bullengarook, and St Brigid’s Catholic Primary School.

In the past five years, the Andrews Government has invested more than $9 billion in more than 1,600 school upgrades – creating more than 10,000 construction jobs – and is now ahead of schedule its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 48 new schools opening between 2019 and 2022.

Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas MP

“The exciting works at New Gisborne Primary School are going to modernise this much-loved school and give every student the opportunity to succeed.”

“These local upgrades are part of the school building boom that is happening right here in Gisborne and across Victoria.”