Bid to Secure Vital Invermay Playground Space

Playtimes for students at Invermay Primary School are being shored up, with the Victorian Government looking to secure a vital piece of playground space.

Member for Wendouree, Juliana Addison MP, today announced that the Victorian Government is seeking to purchase a parcel of land adjoining the school at 187A Swinglers Road, Invermay from the City of Ballarat.

Invermay Primary School is largely vegetated with limited hard surface areas for the students to utilise. The site consists of asphalt tennis courts and is currently being used by the school.

The site is particularly valuable to the school’s operations as it is the only hard surface play area.

The purchase will secure the site as an ongoing play space for the school.

Outdoor play spaces are vital for keeping students active and creating healthy, lifelong habits.

The land purchase continues the Victorian Government’s record investment in schools.

Quotes attributable to Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison

“By seeking to secure this parcel of land we are ensuring Invermay students have a place to play and be active while out on the playground.”

“The evidence is clear – active kids are happy, healthy and resilient kids, who are able to focus more in class. That’s why investments such as this are so important.

“We’d like to thank the City of Ballarat, who are working with us to ensure this vital piece of open space is preserved for students and future students at Invermay Primary School.”

Quotes attributable to Invermay Primary School Principal Justin Marshman

“Invermay PS is 148 years young and whilst our kids love coming to school, one resource we haven’t been able to provide is a safe, attractive, hardcourt player area.  We are so pleased to be able to partner with state and local government bodies to see this project come to fruition.” 

“The asphalt courts adjacent to our school, laid some 40 years ago, have long been deteriorating, remaining largely unused and un-serviced since original tenants Invermay Tennis Club went into recess.  We look forward to transforming the aged asphalt surface into a safe, attractive and inviting synthetic play space that meet the needs and capabilities of our students during the day, as well as community members outside of school hours.”

“It will be fantastic to provide our students with a safe surface to play and exercise on during Ballarat’s winter months.” 

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