The Victorian Government will fast-track funding for upgrades to Catholic and Independent schools across Victoria to give students and staff the best facilities sooner, and support local jobs, businesses and Victoria’s economic recovery.

Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas, and Member for Melton, Steve McGhie, today announced that Melton Christian College will receive $5 million as one of the more than 50 projects under the Non-Government Schools Capital Fund.

The investment is for Stage One of the establishment of a new campus to be located on Coburns Road, Toolern Vale. This will include learning areas, specialist rooms, an administration area, gymnasium and associated external and internal infrastructure.

New modern buildings will be located on the site, set out in an aesthetically pleasing manner and navigated by pathways with passive areas, student security measures and car parks with roadways coming in from roadway entry points and servicing each learning area.

The 56 projects will create close to 800 jobs during construction, and follows more than $1.18 billion for new schools, upgrades and expansions of government schools announced in May.

Additional funding for this second round of the Non-Government Schools Capital Fund has been brought forward to help stimulate the economy and create jobs.

The successful schools will be able to start their projects within the next six months driving Victoria’s economic recovery from the pandemic, and the summer’s bushfires.

The projects will help these schools meet growing enrolment demand and includes six new schools in growth areas. More than a third of Victorian students attend Catholic or Independent schools.

It’s part of the Government’s election commitment to establish a $402 million fund in partnership with the non-government school sector to upgrade and build new non-government schools across Victoria.

The Victorian Government is building the Education State with an unprecedented $7.2 billion investment that is not only creating 7,500 jobs but improving, upgrading and building schools to ensure that every community can access a great local school where students are supported to achieve their best.

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

“This is a really exciting project for Toolern Vale and the Melton Christian College Community. This will give students the opportunity to learn in first-class facilities.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Melton, Steve McGhie MP

“This is a great outcome for the Melton Christian College and the whole school community.”

Quotes attributable to David Gleeson, Melton Christian College Principal

“Melton Christian College is enormously grateful to the Victorian Government. The news of this funding is wonderful for the whole community of Melton Christian College – parents, staff and most importantly, students both current and future.”