The Coalition-funded Officer Secondary College is officially open, with more than 100 Year 7 students beginning their secondary education at the $24.5 million school.
Member for Gembrook, Brad Battin, and Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Edward O’Donohue, said the opening of the school was a major boost for educational services in the fast growing Cardinia Shire.
Mr Battin said Officer Secondary College has been built alongside the $15 million Officer Specialist School, with both projects funded by the Coalition.
“This is fantastic for the community. We have listened to residents who wanted more local education options, and now a state-of-the-art educational hub is coming to life here in Officer,” Mr Battin said.
“Importantly, the Coalition delivered new schools ahead of the growth in the area.
“There are still 10,000 blocks in Officer to go on the market over the next 15 years. Unlike Labor, we put community infrastructure in place at the right time.”
Mr O’Donohue said that by delivering the funding to build this educational hub, the Coalition had made sure education was placed at the heart of the Officer township.
“In 2010 the Coalition listened to and understood the needs of our rapidly growing community and committed to build a new secondary college for the growth corridor. I am pleased to say that we have delivered on that commitment,” Mr O’Donohue said.