Ivanhoe Electorate Schools

Mr CARBINES (Ivanhoe) (09:57:32) — Olympic Village Primary School in West Heidelberg is one of six schools across the Ivanhoe electorate sharing in almost $30 million of construction works and upgrades happening right now, thanks to three years of investment by the Andrews Labor government. I was very pleased to be at Olympic Village Primary School last Friday with the federal member for Jagajaga, the Honourable Jenny Macklin, to announce $6 million to rebuild Olympic Village Primary School. As a past resident for seven years of Goodenough Court in Olympic Village, West Heidelberg, I know full well the value to the local community of the school and the work that it does.

Can I say also that this has been a great community effort. The community focused on delivering one key goal and objective — working together with unity of purpose to deliver a new school for West Heidelberg. It will go out to tender soon, we will start construction in September and we will complete that project in September next year. I commend and congratulate the families in West Heidelberg, the school community, school council president Margaret Phillips and Cresten Pearce, who said in the local newspaper this week that the new school will provide for everything the current school community needs.

I say also that across the electorate Viewbank College, my old school, is getting $11.5 million; St Martin of Tours Primary School is sharing in a $3 million project half‑funded by the state government; Rosanna Golf Links Primary School, my daughter’s school, is getting $6.28 million; Ivanhoe Primary School, $2 million; Banyule Primary School, a million‑dollar master plan has been completed; Olympic Village Primary School, $6 million; and Fairy Hills kindergarten, several hundred thousand dollars for access for all abilities. We are getting the job done in Ivanhoe.