Beaumaris Secondary College

Mr RICHARDSON (Mordialloc) — It has been a significant journey for the Beaumaris community, particularly the Beaumaris secondary college community, over the past 18 months, which is culminating now in a working planning group that has been established to reopen a Beaumaris secondary college in 2018. As many would know, this is a school community made up of parents, teachers and students who persuaded the then Labor opposition, now government, to invest in this school community — as opposed to the previous government, which turned its back on the secondary college and the school community and refused to invest in their future.

Fast forward now to a council meeting tonight at Bayside City Council, where a once-in-a-generation opportunity to seize this development, which has involvement from the school community and the Melbourne Cricket Club, and to seize the land and invest in this project could not be any more critical. This has happened in my local municipality, the City of Kingston, where Parkdale Secondary College combined with the City of Kingston and both political persuasions of state government and invested on site $16 million.

Bayside City Council needs to seize this opportunity. Its councillors need to see that this is a 25-year investment in this site, an area that will be a wonderful opportunity for students and for the wider community. I ask Bayside City Council to consider how it will support this project and invest going forward, and I look forward to it seizing the opportunity.