Education

New building for Tatura school

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November 28, 2017

Tatura Primary School principal Susanne Gill with Year 5 student Cassidy Parker

Tatura Primary School is the latest in a long line of schools set to benefit from an influx of funding to remove asbestos from old buildings and replace them with brand new buildings.

The Victorian Government will inject a whopping $2.4million into the school, which will lead to the development of a brand new modular school building.

As part of the Asbestos Removal Program, buildings in poor condition that contain asbestos will be demolished and replaced with permanent modular buildings.

This will reduce planning and building times and mean less disruption to students, staff and teaching programs.

Tatura Primary School will work with the Victorian School Building Authority in coming weeks to ensure a smooth delivery of the major upgrade.

These new buildings are built off-site and delivered to schools so teaching is not interrupted and on-site safety risks are reduced.

Tatura Primary School principal Susanne Gill welcomed the announcement and said the upgrade of the building had come at an appropriate time.

‘‘It’s been determined that the main building will be replaced, but we look at it as an opportunity to develop our teaching and learning across the whole school,’’ Ms Gill said.

‘‘It’s certainly going to change the possibilities for us, and it’ll have an impact school-wide and community-wide as well.’’

The funding is part of the Victorian Government’s $155million program for asbestos removal and building replacement.

A state-wide audit of 1712 government schools was done and 497 schools were found to contain high-risk asbestos, which was removed by March last year.

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