New facilities to bring whole community benefit

James Merlino officially opens the new multipurpose building with members of Upwey High School.

Students and the wider community can now enjoy brand new arts and sports facilities at Upwey High School.

Education Minister James Merlino visited the school to open a new multipurpose building on 13 March.

The building hosts a competition-grade gymnasium featuring four basketball courts, new performing arts spaces and an administration wing.

It’s expected the new facilities will also be used by community groups such as Sherbrooke Amateaur Basketball Association and the Dandenong Ranges Music Council.

Mr Merlino said the development will help further connect local residents.

“It is wonderful to see this impressive new building open at Upwey High School, giving staff and students the modern facilities they deserve,” he said.

“With these new sporting and performing arts spaces, not just to be enjoyed by students but the wider community, Upwey High School will become an even greater community hub.”

According to the State Government, $26.8 million has been invested in modernising Upwey High School since 2016.

The school can expect to see further upgrades by next year with the old stadium to be demolished and replaced with a science, technology and arts centre.

Existing buildings are also being refurbished as part of the works.