Young Victorians across Melbourne’s west will have more opportunities to access the education they deserve, with plans in the works by the Victorian Government to acquire an additional parcel of land for the future Truganina North Secondary School (interim name).

State Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly today announced the Victorian Government’s intent to purchase land within the Elements Estate of Truganina – which was previously earmarked for a non-Government school – to construct the two-campus secondary college.

This will be in addition to land already secured at Morris Road in Truganina.

Negotiations with the developer and assessments on the site’s suitability are under way.

The school shared in $491.6 million included for new school construction in the 2021-22 State Budget, with funding to go towards the first stage of building works.

If land acquisition is successful, the school will be able to cater for 2,200 secondary students across its junior and senior campuses once fully complete.

It is intended that the junior campus would be established on the Elements Estate site and the senior campus on the Morris Road site, which alone will provide for 1,600 places.

The school is due to open its doors in 2024, addressing the need for secondary school provision in the wider area.

Over the past seven years, the Victorian Government has invested more than $10.9 billion in building new schools and more than 1,700 upgrades, creating around 13,500 jobs in construction and associated industries.

It is ahead of schedule in its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 62 schools opening between 2019 and 2024.

The 2021-22 State Budget also provided $276.4 million to purchase land for 14 future schools to help meet growing population needs, with a primary and secondary school both earmarked for land acquisition in the Tarneit area.

Quotes attributable to State Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly

“We are committed to ensuring all Victorian students, including those in Truganina and Melbourne’s west, can learn in modern, top-class facilities that are close to home.”

“By acquiring land within Truganina’s Elements Estate, we will be able to provide for 2,200 secondary students and their families and cater for the significant growth across this community.”

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