The Victorian Government has committed to building 100 new schools, but hasn’t yet decided where many of these schools will go.
Wyndham is growing even faster than expected and we urgently need more schools.
We are not asking for special treatment, we just need our fair share.
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What we need and when
Wyndham needs six new primary schools and two new secondary schools by 2023.
How your suburb compares
How schools numbers in our growth areas compare to the rest of Melbourne.
Well-planned local schools
We need well-planned, properly-designed schools that serve as a focal point for local communities.
What you can do to help
Find out about practical things you can do to help get Wyndham the schools we need.
Planning and construction of the following schools needs to be funded and commenced as soon as possible:
- a secondary school in Truganina North was needed in 2019 and is now overdue.
- a primary school in Williams Landing is needed now. A state government feasibility study into potential school sites in Williams Landing is needed to identify a location.
- a P-9 school in Point Cook West is needed by 2020.
- a primary school in Tarneit is needed by 2020.
- a primary school in Manor Lakes is needed by 2023.
- a primary school in Werribee’s west is needed by 2022.
- a secondary school is needed in Tarneit by 2023.
- an additional primary school will be needed in the north of Tarneit by 2023.
- an additional primary school will be needed in Point Cook by 2025. A state government feasibility study into potential school sites in Point Cook is needed to identify a location.
- a further primary school will be needed in the west of Tarneit by 2026.
These schools are on top of those announced in the 2019-2020 Victorian Budget.
Completion of P-9 schools
- Dohertys Creek P-9 in Truganina and Saltwater P-9 in Point Cook were both opened in 2019. Currently both schools are operating as P-6 schools following completion of Stage 1 of the school buildings. Stage 2 of these schools should be completed as a matter of urgency to provide much needed places in Years 7-9 in Truganina and Point Cook.
Our community is already larger than Geelong’s and not enough schools are being built to meet demand. Many children are attending overcrowded campuses with 2000 or more students. Others face long commutes in heavy traffic to attend school in neighbouring municipalities.
Our population is continuing to rise and unless something is done, Wyndham’s families will continue to experience poorer-than-average school access.
What's in the pipeline
The Victorian Government is funding new schools and upgrades to existing schools across Melbourne.
The new schools being planned and built across Wyndham are:
- Homestead Senior Secondary College 10-12 (Point Cook)
- Davis Creek Primary (Tarneit)
- Riverwalk Primary (Werribee)
- Truganina South East Primary
- Wollahra Primary (Wyndham Vale)
Many existing schools are seeking upgrades to provide for more students and improve facilities. In the 2019-2020 Victorian budget Warringa Park School and The Grange P-12 received funding for upgrades.
Find out more about Wyndham’s primary and secondary education needs by checking out the education section of Securing Wyndham’s Future.
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Check out the below graphs to find out how school access in Wyndham compares with the rest of Melbourne.
On average, children in Wyndham’s growth areas have half the number of primary schools compared to Greater Melbourne. And we're home to some of the most overcrowded schools in Victoria.
We're also about to experience an explosion in the number of children who are secondary school age.
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Local schools are essential pieces of community infrastructure that encourage healthy families and close-knit communities.
An estimated 150,000 kids will attend school in Wyndham over the coming 20 years. Their long-term wellbeing depends on us getting this right.
Local schools help communities grow
Our schools serve our communities even better when they’re integrated with community infrastructure – like childcare centres, sporting facilities and health services.
When this happens, schools become a vibrant focal point for local families. They help ease the transition from early childhood to prep, and co-located services provide convenient access for busy parents.
But for this to happen, schools need to be co-planned with local governments like Wyndham City.
We want the Victorian Government to let us help them create amazing schools that are ready to go when our burgeoning community needs them.
What’s more, the Victorian Auditor General agrees. VAGO recommended that the Victorian Government works more closely with local governments when it comes to planning and designing education infrastructure.
Wyndham City supports this and stands ready to make it happen.
Locals schools promote active lifestyles and healthy families
When the nearest school isn’t within a short walk or ride, many children end up spending more time than necessary commuting.
On congested roads in Wyndham’s growth areas, car trips that should take 15 minutes can end up taking twice or even three times as long.
Long commutes eat into family and leisure time and create unnecessary time pressures for busy parents with work commitments. Walking or riding to school also has significant health benefits.
Australian children are among the most chauffeured in the world, according to the Heart Foundation.[i] The number of children who walk or ride to school has dropped by more than 40% since 1971. In Melbourne, an estimated 74% of children are driven to school.
Meanwhile, many children are not getting the recommended amount of daily exercise. Research shows that incidental exercise – like riding or walking to school – is a key to fixing this.
Wyndham’s families need more local schools within a short walk or ride of their homes.
[i] https://www.heartfoundation.org.au/news/back-to-school-tips-for-a-healthy-2018 (accessed 20/05/2018)
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