Constituency question: Plan for Prahran TAFE site
Mr HIBBINS (Prahran): My constituency question is to the Minister for Training and Skills, and I ask for further detail on the plan to acquire the Prahran TAFE site and develop a master plan, which is an important step forward towards realising the shared vision of an arts and education precinct on the site. Specifically, what is the time line for the development of the master plan? How will campus tenants and the wider community be involved? What will the master plan cover? For example, will it cover capital works, governance and branding of the site to fully realise its potential? Over the past couple of years I have met with all campus tenants to discuss the future of the site: Patrick Studios—where Todd Patrick has been a real driving force behind it; Gymnastics Victoria; the National Institute of Circus Arts; Hester Hornbrook Academy; Glaas Inc and the Australian Centre for Glass Design; Melbourne Polytechnic; as well as Prahran High, Stonnington council, Chapel Street traders and the state government. It is clear there is a shared vision for the site that could revitalise both the campus and Chapel Street and cement our community’s reputation as a creative industries destination. I want to acknowledge all the tenants and community organisations who have been advocating strongly for this vision.
Answered: 4 January 2022
I thank Mr Hibbins for his questions about master planning at Prahran campus.
As you will be aware, the Andrews Labor Government recently announced that it had reached in-principle agreement with Swinburne University of Technology for the purchase of Prahran campus.
Following finalisation of the sale, work will commence on a whole-of-site master plan. The Department of Education and Training will engage with all current campus occupants, the local community, and other relevant stakeholders for input into this master plan. The timing and feedback mechanisms for the master planning are currently being finalised.
The Department has been engaging with all site occupants and other relevant stakeholders throughout the year. This engagement will continue into 2022 and beyond as we collaboratively develop and deliver a vision for the future of the site.
The Hon Gayle Tierney MP
Minister for Training and Skills
Minister for Higher Education