Macleod College

Mr CARBINES (Ivanhoe) (10:05:23) — Macleod families will get the world‑class local school their kids deserve with a re‑elected Andrews Labor government committed to delivering a massive upgrade at Macleod College. We will be investing $4.9 million to upgrade block A, which houses the science and counselling rooms. These tired old classrooms and facilities will be transformed to give students and staff the state‑of‑the‑art facilities they need to achieve their best.

I was very pleased to be out there yesterday morning with the Deputy Premier and Minister for Education to share that news and catch up with principal Mario Panaccio, who of course has been a teacher at Macleod College for 32 years — a lifetime of commitment and service to educating young people in Macleod, with the past five years as principal. I want to thank Naa, Keelan and Emma, the student leaders we caught up with; the college council president, Wayne Richards; and of course Joan in the office for the homemade slices that we had in the morning. It was a great celebration.

Macleod College will have an extra year 7 class next year. The area is booming. It is important that we maintain our investment in Macleod College, just as we have done with our $6.28 million almost completed redevelopment at Rosanna Golf Links Primary School and our $3 million redevelopment at St Martin of Tours Primary School. To make sure that Macleod is getting its fair share we are also committed to further planning for other stages at Macleod College through the Victorian School Building Authority. Macleod is going from strength to strength. There will be new extra peak services we will be announcing on the rail line, and the shops are going from strength to strength too.