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Albion North Primary Turns 50!

The Albion North Primary School had a double celebration on Sunday, with the official opening of its Building the Education Revolution project, and the 50th anniversary of the school.



The Member for Maribyrnong, Bill Shorten, officially opened the BER building, and joined the school community on its historic day.

“This BER project is another example of vital infrastructure being delivered into the community under this program,” Mr Shorten said.

“Now and in the years to come, this building will help to support, encourage and enrich the learning opportunities of these students.

“The value of the learning environment shouldn’t be underestimated. Critics of the BER should come out to schools like Albion North Primary, speak to teachers and students, and get a sense of what this program really means on the ground.”

Mr Shorten also congratulated the school for its 50th anniversary.

“There was a time in the recent past when it looked like this school might not survive to its 50th birthday.

“But thanks to the energy and support of staff, students and parents, Albion North is still proudly educating the kids of Melbourne’s north west,” Mr Shorten said.

“It speaks volumes about the commitment of the local community to having quality education close to home, and I’m proud to have given my support to keeping the school open.”

“The BER is a $16.2 billion investment in the nation’s future and is delivering modern facilities to more than 9500 schools in metro and regional communities across the country,” Mr Shorten said. “It is the largest single school building program in Australia’s history.”

So far, almost $100 million dollars has been invested in schools in Maribyrnong under the BER program, with 96 projects funded, including 19 Multipurpose Halls and 10 new libraries.

“This program wasn’t only about cushioning the economy from the global financial crisis. It was also about long term investment in our most important resource – our children,” Mr Shorten said.

After speaking with the Randall Shields, the principal here at Albion North, it is great to hear these facilities have had such a positive impact on staff, students and the greater community. I can see that from the great community atmosphere here today, and from previous visits to this school, that the community will continue to see the benefits of this project for many years to come.”

“Let’s hope that in another 50 years, Albion North primary is still going strong.”

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