Warrnambool Special Developmental School

Published on 11 May 2017

Media Release

Moyne Shire Council is urging the Victorian Government to provide funding for a new building for the Warrnambool Special Developmental School.

The school provides an important service for the community across the south-west including many families from Moyne Shire.

Moyne Shire Mayor Cr Jim Doukas said that while the State Government had provided funds to buy the land to build a new school in the 2015/16 Victorian Budget the project was at a standstill until funds for building are made available.

“For too long the existing School has been dangerously overcrowded, and only a new building will fix the problem.

“By omitting funding in the 2017/18 budget for a new school building, the wellbeing and education of hundreds of local children including those from our shire is being directly impacted,” said Cr Doukas.

It is projected by the State Government, that by 2021 the population of Moyne Shire will increase by 0.54% annually. This means that overcrowding at the school can only worsen over time unless action is taken now to build a new school.

“It is devastating for parents to have the land purchased and planning finalised for a new school only, to find no funds for actual building.

“Council asks the State Government to fund the second stage so the new Warrnambool Special Developmental School can be built.”