Legistrative Council E-Petitions

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Funding for Northcote High School’s Master Plan
The Petition of certain citizens of the State of Victoria draws to the attention of the Legislative Council that Northcote High School (NHS) is one of Victoria’s largest Government schools. The school currently has 1,859 enrolled students and is predicted to have 2000 enrolled student by 2025. Enrolments could be much higher due to popular demand, however the school is already at capacity.

More than 40 per cent of the schools’ classrooms are portables, taking up almost all available land, limiting space for students to play and socialise during recess and lunch. There is a shortage of science laboratories, with one in four science classes happening outside of science-dedicated spaces. The small indoor gymnasium cannot fulfil the demand from the school or community. There is restricted access to the library due to overcrowding, one student must leave before another can enter. The heritage hall is of great concern with its structural and safety issues and the school canteen is a small and congested space which cannot service the number of students who wish to use it.

The school is at occupant capacity and is no longer fit for purpose. NHS has no additional space to place portables so it is crucial to proceed with the multi-story buildings approved under its Master Plan. This development will not only benefit the school but the wider community which makes extensive use of our facilities and will be a source of pride and wellbeing for the whole community.
The petitioners therefore request that the Legislative Council call on the Government to urgently fund Stages one and two of Northcote High School’s Master Plan to significantly alleviate limited space and congestion issues at a cost of 25 million dollars, to not only benefit the school, but the wider community who extensively make use of the current facilities.
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Ms Sheena Watt