The Victorian Coalition Government today sealed a deal for the future of education in Torquay with the announcement of an agreement to purchase prime land for not one, but two new schools in Torquay.
The announcement delivers on the government’s election commitment to build a stand-alone state-of-the-art secondary college in Torquay and secure land to construct a future second government primary school in the town.
Minister for Education Martin Dixon and Member for South Barwon Andrew Katos said the Victorian Government had worked hard to get the right deal for Torquay.
“This is fantastic news for the Torquay community, which has been eagerly awaiting this announcement,” Mr Dixon said.
“Our top priority has always been making sure we secured the best possible site for Torquay families at a fair price and we have been able to achieve that.”
Mr Katos said the sites for both schools were ideally located for Torquay students and would also cater for families moving into new housing in the area.
“The new Surf Coast Secondary College will be built adjacent to the Torquay Civic and Recreation Centre on Surfcoast Highway and the future primary school will be located on Southbeach Road,” Mr Katos said.
Mr Dixon said the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development had been working with the Surf Coast College school community throughout the land purchase negotiations.
“A fantastic principal and leadership team were appointed last year, the school council is in place and the school is up and running,” Mr Dixon said.
Mr Katos said the plans for Surf Coast Secondary College were being finalised with the next step being connection of services to the site so building can commence.
“The plan is to have students moved to the new campus in 2013, with the full school incorporating Year 12 students to start in 2014,” Mr Katos said.