Bentleigh electorate schools (12.12.2017)
Written on the 12 December 2017
12 December 2017
GEORGIE CROZIER (LIB - Southern Metropolitan)
My adjournment matter this evening is for the Minister for Education, Mr Merlino, in the other place, and it relates to issues in the Assembly electorate of Bentleigh.
I have raised some issues with the minister before in relation to projected school enrolment numbers and in a constituency question, I asked the minister earlier this year about school enrolment numbers in that electorate. In his response to me at that time he said:
The department is aware of the enrolment growth at both primary and secondary schools in and around Bentleigh. Additionally, the department and the Victorian School Building Authority are aware of the proposed redevelopment of the Bentleigh East industrial precinct, and have met with the developer to discuss opportunities for future school provision.The planning for the Bentleigh East industrial precinct is still in its early stages, and housing numbers are yet to be determined
The department and the Victorian School Building Authority will continue to work closely with Glen Eira City Council and the local developer in the coming months to ensure all local families have access to high-quality education, both now and in the future.
Last week Glen Eira City Council, which was referred to by the minister in his response to me, held a community meeting around Virginia Park, the industrial precinct that he also referred to, which was attended by a number of people from a range of community organisations along with parents and members of the school community.
As we know, the member for Bentleigh, Mr Staikos has been out there with great fanfare saying that McKinnon Secondary College will have another campus on that site. I have been told by those who were at the meeting that an official from the Department of Education and Training indicated that South Oakleigh College would close. That secondary school is not too far from the site where this proposed new school will be a vertical school, or so I am led to believe.
The action I seek is that the minister categorically rule out that the government is considering closing South Oakleigh secondary college.