Promise of $10m funds for Phoenix during Daniel Andrews' visit

STATE opposition leader Daniel Andrews yesterday visited Phoenix P-12 Community College after promising $10 million to fund stage three of the school’s redevelopment if his party wins power in the upcoming state election. 

The redevelopment was described as groundbreaking by principal Scott Dellar with the entire project based around key elements of community, recreation, family services and health. 

“It is groundbreaking and sets us apart from other models that have been put in place because in most cases they have been education centric,” he said. 

Mr Andrews was given a tour of the schools and spoke to students about the continuing redevelopment of the facilities. 

Stage three involves the construction of administration facilities, food and resources facilities and a grade five and six learning village.

Mr Dellar said stage three was a pivotal point in the project. 

“It will allow our school to operate at another level in regard to a community facility,” he said. 

“It is a major win and hopefully something will come through at some point.” 

Mr Dellar said it was good for the school to have Mr Andrews visit and see the construction currently taking place.

“The fact we can unpack what we have achieved and certainly show the pride our students, our staff and our various stakeholders have about the journey we are on at Phoenix P-12 Community College,” he said. 

There has already been $18 million allocated to the redevelopment. 

Mr Andrews said he was delighted to visit the school. “What I know and what the people of Ballarat know is that you won’t give our kids a first rate education if you are being educated in second rate classrooms,” he said.