29 August, 2016

MCC partnership at Beaumaris Secondary College

Melbourne Cricket Club has reached agreement with the Victorian Government to provide world-class sporting facilities at a new school in Melbourne’s bayside suburbs.

Minister for Education James Merlino and MCC vice-president Stephen Spargo made the announcement at the new Beaumaris Secondary College site, where demolition of the old school buildings started today.

In a Victorian-first, the MCC will fund two competition grade ovals, a pavilion and a multipurpose pitch as part of the redevelopment of the school.

The new school is being built at Sandringham College’s former Beaumaris campus site, with existing school buildings being demolished to make way for a new state-of-the-art school.

The sporting facilities will be used by the school during school hours and by the MCC and local sporting groups outside of school hours.

This will provide a unique opportunity for students and the local community to access world-class sporting facilities supported by the MCC.

Construction will start in January next year. The school will accommodate 650 students from year 7-12 and is on track to open in the 2018 school year.

“This is a unique opportunity to partner with the MCC so that students at the new Beaumaris Secondary College  will have world-class sporting facilities to match their state of the art new school," said Minister for Education James Merlino.  “Demolition of the old school is an exciting first step towards delivering this new $20 million school and competition grade sporting facilities for families in Beaumaris.”

Mr Spargo said the MCC was looking forward to work commencing.

“Through the MCC Foundation, the MCC has a strong history of promoting sport in the community," said Mr Spargo. "Establishing a site with multi-sport facilities for use by both the MCC and the community has been a long held objective of the Foundation and is something we are very excited about.

“The new facilities will be of great value to existing users of the school, along with MCC and local sporting clubs and teams.”