The Andrews Government will invest $2.84 million in Lalor North Primary School and $2.1 million in Thomastown East Primary School as part of its program to remove asbestos from old school buildings, and replace them with brand new ones.

Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny announced today that students at Lalor North Primary School and Thomastown East Primary School will soon get brand new modular school buildings thanks to an innovative new school building program.

As part of the Asbestos Removal Program, poor condition buildings containing asbestos will be demolished and replaced with permanent modular buildings. This will reduce planning and building times, and mean less disruption to students, staff and teaching programs.

The architecturally-designed permanent modular buildings offer a fast and efficient solution for schools needing to replace older buildings containing asbestos.

Lalor North Primary School and Thomastown East Primary School will work with the Victorian School Building Authority over coming weeks to ensure a smooth delivery of this major upgrade. These new buildings are built off-site and delivered to schools so teaching is not interrupted and on-site safety risks are reduced.

This is part of the Andrews Government’s $155 million program for asbestos removal and building replacement.

A state-wide audit of 1,712 government schools was conducted and 497 schools were found to contain high-risk asbestos, which was removed by March 2016.

Quotes attributable to Member for Thomastown, Bronwyn Halfpenny

“I can’t wait for these much-needed upgrades to Lalor North Primary School and Thomastown East Primary School. We are delivering on the promises we have made to local families to improve education infrastructure in the area.”

“Using modular buildings increases flexibility for schools and reduces the interruptions to students, staff and teaching programs.”