NOT even a visit by the Premier Daniel Andrews last Friday could make the tradespeople at Wonthaggi’s new senior college campus put their tools down.
It’s testament to the hard work everyone’s put in to the McKenzie Street project – which is ahead of schedule.
The Premier’s surprise visit – the first time he’s been to Wonthaggi since before the State Election – was welcomed by secondary college students, principal Darren Parker, Mayor Cr Brett Tessari, shire officials, and others.
Premier Andrews described the McKenzie Street project as a “fantastic outcome”.
“I can’t think of a better investment anywhere across the state than this one,” he said on Friday.
“Nothing has been compromised here, this is everything that the community wanted; done to the highest level.
“I can’t wait to be back here later in the year or next year when we’re all finished.
“This is a profound investment in community facilities as well – a three-court competition-grade basketball court, a fantastic facility that the local community will be able to use.”
The stadium will provide a much-needed home for the Wonthaggi Amateur Basketball Association, which has hundreds of members, no home facilities and has been campaigning for new facilities for years.
It will also be used by 150 indoor netball players in the local area and meet growing demand for modified versions of the game.
The Premier singled out the local council for being good to deal with; as well as their lobbying efforts.
“This came from the local community. They made a strong case that we should invest in much better facilities for kids in this local community.”
The new senior campus, next to the Bass Coast Specialist School, will also include outdoor learning areas, a central plaza, a library and specialist facilities for visual arts, graphics, materials technology and science.
Bass MP Jordan Crugnale said: “We have a massive local school building program and it’s an absolute joy watching the Wonthaggi’s Senior Campus take shape – this will bring much pride to the whole school community when the bells ring next year.”
The Premier added, “Jordan’s got a list of other things she wants us to build.”
The Labor Government is also delivering the funds for the promised new junior secondary campus for students across Phillip Island, San Remo and the Waterline, set to open in 2022.
You can share your thoughts on the project via an online survey at https://engage.vic.gov.au/bass-coast-new-junior-secondary
‘Profound’ investment in Wonthaggi community