Gisborne Secondary College Stadium Unveiled

Minister for Education, James Merlino, today visited Gisborne Secondary College to officially open a new multi-million dollar community sports facility.

The Stadium at Gisborne Secondary College includes two courts for basketball and volleyball, toilets, staff work areas and kitchen.

Outdoor courts were also upgraded as part of the $5 million project, which included a $1.5 million contribution from Macedon Ranges Shire Council.

The facilities will be used by students during the school day, and local sporting and community groups after hours.

The 2015-16 Victorian Budget, unveiled earlier this month, invests close to $4 billion in Victoria’s education and skills system – it represents the single biggest boost to education funding in Victoria’s history.

It provides $325 million to renovate, refurbish or rebuild 67 schools – 25 of them in our fast-growing outer suburbs and 21 in regional Victoria.

It includes $120 million to build and upgrade Catholic and Independent schools across the state, matching dollar-for-dollar the non-government sector’s contribution.

The Budget will also fund the first stage of an extensive asbestos removal program so that families can be assured their children are being educated in safe schools.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Education, James Merlino

“This community sports facility will be great for the whole community. It’s a great example of what schools, local councils and residents can achieve in working together.”

“Sport enhances student engagement and improves results in classroom. It also connects regional communities like Gisborne, allowing locals to socialise and stay healthy.”

“The Andrews Labor Government is transforming Victoria into the Education State so that all children have access to high-quality schools regardless of their background and where they live.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas

“Gisborne Secondary College is a fantastic school community and these facilities will only strengthen its ties with local sporting clubs.”

“Sport is important in Gisborne and this facility will support students and community members to get active and involved in a range of sports.”