New schools and safety top of education agenda

Drivers are being reminded to drive safely in and around school zones, with the 2018 school year underway this week.

Hume Mayor Geoff Porter said increased traffic in school zones meant motorists needed to be extremely cautious.

“We want all local children to be able to get to school safely in all corners of Hume,” Cr Porter said.

“With that in mind, there are no excuses for not following 40km speed limits or parking restrictions in school zones.

“With the 2018 school year underway, I also want to take this chance to wish all students the best for the year ahead, especially preps and those taking on their VCE.

“As we head into a State election year, I’ll be keeping current and future students in mind when advocating for new schools to meet the needs of a growing Hume.”

In Hume, the number of primary school age children is expected to increase from 21,210 in 2017 to 25,894 in 2022 and 34,685 by 2035 - a total increase of 64 per cent.

The increase in the number of secondary school age children is expected to grow from 17,267 in 2017 to 20,168 in 2022 and 26,759 by 2035 – a total increase of 55 per cent.

“Over the next 20 years as Hume continues to grow, it is anticipated that there will be a need for an additional 21 State Primary and Secondary schools to be delivered by the Victorian Government in order to meet future population demands,” Cr Porter said.

Specifically, over the next four years the Hume community needs the Victorian Government to:

  1. Deliver both Greenvale North West Primary School and Craigieburn South Secondary School by 2020.
  2. Acquire land for Merrifield West Primary School in 2018, and delivery of a new school by 2021.
  3. Acquire land for Kalkallo Common Primary School and Merrifield West Secondary School by 2019, and delivery of these new schools by 2022.

“As one of Melbourne’s fastest growing cities, we want the Victorian Government to ensure that existing schools are not put under further pressure and Hume’s residents are adequately provided for.

“Our community needs the timely delivery of these schools to ensure education remains accessible for students of all ages.”

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Posted on 11:00 AM, 1 February 2018

Updated : 12:51 PM, 1 February 2018

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