Update as at Friday 18 September

While the Reptile Room ticked along in maintenance mode, the Zoological Centre has progressed in leaps and bounds despite the labour force being reduced and the finish date, being extended into November.

The crocodile tank is more than half completed with the pool shell in place, the dry deck complete and walls up. 

Falcon Pools have done an amazing job making sure that Leo and Cleo the crocodiles, have all they need in their new home. 

The rest of the building has come a long way with the majority of the work on the building complete. 

The internal fit out of lighting and fixtures is well underway and with the ceiling now in as well as a lot of the internal infrastructure in place, the new Zoology Centre is really starting to take shape.

Marcus Whitby



The Deputy Premier and Education Minister, James Merlino has announced Stage 2 Funding of 3.2 Million dollars for Lilydale High School. The Capital works ‘refurbishment of buildings’ will be for Junior School.

Zoology Centre and Administration Building Designs 

Frames going up for our NEW buildings!


On Friday 7 February, we celebrated an important milestone for our school under the Lilydale and Upper Yarra Education Plan.  The Deputy Premier and Minister for Education, James Merlino, as well as MP Harriet Shing came out to our school to undertake a sod turning ceremony, which officially kicked off the start of construction for our Zoology Learning Centre and Administration Building.

Construction of the new facilities is set to be complete in 2020 and will be greatly beneficial to our students and their education journey.

As you know, our school is collaborating with these two schools and other key partners including the Education Department, industry partners and other local secondary and primary schools to support greater educational opportunities and outcomes for students across the Lilydale and Upper Yarra region.

The delivery of these new facilities will make a huge difference to our students, but of course, it’s not just about the buildings.

For over two years, we have been working hard to implement the Lilydale and Upper Yarra Education Plan to transform local secondary education in the area.  The drive behind all the work is to ensure we provide every secondary student with the knowledge, capabilities and attributes that will see them thrive throughout their lives and give them the skills they need to see them succeed in any path they chose to take.

There’s great work ahead of us and it’s an exciting space for our school to be in. Thank you to all our school community, students, parents and staff for the work so far. We can’t wait to continue the work with you all in ensuring high-quality secondary education in Lilydale and Upper Yarra areas and will keep you posted throughout the coming months on the next steps.


Brooke Kogelman

Project Manager | Lilydale and Upper Yarra Education Plan