Specialist school site search nears end

SALE Specialist School’s wait for a new home should be over soon.

The state government has begun the search for land on which to build a new facility to cater for the school’s growing student numbers.

Acting Education Minister and Eastern Victoria MLC Peter Hall said the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development had invited local landowners to submit expressions of interest for the sale of land.

The criteria for the site state it should be within four kilometres of Sale’s central business district, be easily accessible and close to local services and infrastructure, and be about 2.5 hectares in size.

The expression of interest process closes next Friday, August 2.

Mr Hall said once the site was purchased, planning could begin for the new school, and capital works funding would be considered in the state budget process.

“This is an exciting time for Sale, and reflects the Coalition government’s commitment to improving education for students with special needs,” he said.

“In the last three budgets, the Victorian government has committed more than $79 million towards building new special schools and upgrading existing ones across the state.”

Deputy Premier and Gippsland South MLA Peter Ryan said the Sale Specialist School had outgrown its existing homes on Raymond St and at the Sale College Guthridge Campus.

“The Coalition government is committed to supporting students with special needs in Sale, and these students need a new, bigger school,” he said.

“As it stands the school is split across two campuses to cater for the increasing numbers of students.

“We have started the search for a new site in Sale that will bring the two campuses together, provide plenty of space for current Sale Specialist School students and have room to grow in the future.”

Enquiries on the expression of interest process, and to request a copy of the EOI documentation, can be accessed from the Education Department on 9637 3851.

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