Constituency Question: Prahran High School

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — (Question 7079) I recently asked Prahran residents what constituency question they would like me to ask in Parliament. Unsurprisingly the most popular topic for questions was regarding the new Prahran state secondary school. On behalf of Katie, Justin, Carissa, Katie, Tina, Kim, Morag, Geraldine and Helen, I ask the Minister for Education: what is the latest information regarding the new Prahran state secondary school? Specifically, residents would like to know when construction will start and what the finish date will be so they can plan for the secondary education of their primary school-age children; details of the funding commitment and whether a new school is fully funded; and how physical exercise will be accommodated on the school site at the old Swinburne University site.

 

ANSWER:

The Victorian Government is committed to investing in education and school infrastructure, and this has been demonstrated through the allocation of $1.1 billion into school facilities in 2016-17 State Budget. 

This commitment includes the delivery of a new Year 7-12 secondary school for the Prahran community. A further $5 million has been allocated in this year's budget, making the total committed funds to date $25 million. Internationally renowned architects Gray Puksand were commissioned to design the new school.

They conducted a detailed feasibility study and put forward two options - either a refurbishment or a rebuild - for consideration by both the Government and the New School Planning Group. Both  options  have  been  now  considered,  with existing facilities to be demolished  and  a  new  vertical  school  to be built.

The architects will finalise designs over coming months. Enrolments will open in 2018 with students to begin school in 2019. Delivery of a school in a high density inner city area requires an innovative approach to design.

Prahran High School will be a vertical school that will support a new model of education for inner city children.

Recreational facilities are important to the well-being of the students and are a fundamental consideration during further design development.  

The Hon James Merlino MP
Deputy Premier
Minister for Education

 
               
Answer Published Date:
    18/05/2016