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Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Bendigo students will soon enjoy brand new modern classrooms and facilities, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government.

Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan today turned the first sod to mark the start of the construction of the $9 million project at Catholic College Bendigo.

The upgrade will feature a two-storey learning hub on the La Valla campus with existing buildings being demolished to make way for the new development.

The classrooms will be a combination of general and flexible learning spaces with connections to an outdoor deck and dedicated art, drama and music spaces. Gallery spaces, which will run down the centre of the new building’s ground and second floors, will be used for gatherings and to display student work.

Catholic College Bendigo students will also enjoy a visual communication classroom - a high-tech facility featuring audio-visual equipment, blackout curtains and a green screen. It will provide students with everything they need to hone their film, photography and graphic design skills.

The Labor Government has contributed $1 million to this ground breaking project as part of its $120 million program to build and upgrade Catholic and independent schools across Victoria.

The Government is working closely with the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria and Independent Schools Victoria to ensure available funding is targeted to the areas of highest need.‚Äč

The start of construction at the Bendigo Catholic College marks a new chapter for the school, which from January 1 next 2017 will be renamed Catherine McAuley College. The new facility is expected to open in July next year.

It will include environmentally friendly design features such as a building management system display to monitor energy consumption, and water tanks to recycle water for bathrooms and the grounds.

The Government is investing billions of dollars to make Victoria the Education State so that every child in every community has access to a great education.

Quotes attributable to Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan

“We are delivering on our promises and making sure that families in Bendigo have access to first-rate schools with the best facilities.”

“Over one-third of Victorian students study at Catholic or independent schools and these upgrades are an example of how the Government can work in partnership with non-government schools to deliver upgrades to help students to get the most out of their education.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards

“Catholic College Bendigo is a wonderful school and these new classrooms are something that the entire community can be proud of.”

“Students with an interest in music, arts and performing arts will be particularly excited to see these new facilities come to life.”


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