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MEDIA RELEASE - Council welcomes the start of Portland Bay School works

1 June 2017

Site unveiling

Portland Bay School’s five-year-long campaign for a new campus became a reality today with the sod turn on its new multi-million dollar campus in Henty Street.

Education Minister the Hon James Merlino joined Glenelg Shire Mayor Cr Anita Rank and the school community to declare the start of works on the $7 million building which will be constructed on vacant land adjoining the Portland Primary School.

The current Portland Bay campus in Edgar Street is Victoria’s smallest school on just 0.23 hectares, slightly larger than neighbouring residential blocks, with students forced to have split lunch breaks because of the limited outdoor play space.

Over recent years the school community had dealt with a number of safety issues at the campus, including roof leaks and electrical faults, forcing WorkSafe to shut the site in mid-2015 for urgent repairs.

Glenelg Shire Council Mayor Cr Anita Rank said the funding success was testament to the tireless campaign efforts of the school council, who had attracted more than 2000 local supporters in its petition efforts.

“Today marks the start of a brighter future for the Portland Bay School,” Cr Rank said.

“Council has been pleased to work with the State Government to make this critical investment a reality, helping to complete planning for the site for these much anticipated works.

“This new campus will provide a purpose built learning facility for the school’s growing population, which now tops more than 50 students, who have a variety of needs.

“The days of students squeezing into a tiny play space, smaller then a tennis court, are over. This site provides plenty of space for kicking the footy, running around and having fun for the best learning and social outcomes.

“This state of the art facility will also provide the latest technology which will enhance students skills and learning opportunities as we progress into the new digital age.”

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