THERE was plenty of action at Echuca Twin Rivers School on March 2 when the ribbon was officially cut.
Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp (standing in for Minister for Education James Merlino) visited the school to officially open the $11 million project.
A smoking ceremony was held and guided tours were conducted as members of the community admired our town’s newest education precinct.
Mr Gepp said he shared the passion and excitement of everyone who has helped to turn the vision into a reality.
“This modern school is quite an upgrade from what I had growing up, and it’s a huge change from the facilities these students were in,” he said.
“This has been a long time in the making. It’s a fantastic facility and it’s a huge improvement on the old schools.
“The kids will thrive here and we hope everyone takes advantage of this great opportunity.”
Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh, who had a large role in pushing the project forward, said the opening was a great first step.
“This is a great day for everyone associated with the project but it’s only the beginning,” he said.
“I will be pushing hard for stage two to be funded so we can get the Specialist School into their new building.
“It’s important we get the Specialist School over as soon as possible so the school communities can grow together.”
Minister for Education James Merlino said the new school had been created as part of the exciting Echuca regeneration project, which would provide local families with an innovative, modern and inclusive learning precinct.
“Every Victorian child deserves access to a great school that prepares them to thrive in the 21st century and we are getting on with the job by building new schools and upgrading existing facilities in Echuca and across the state,’’ he said.