Mil­lions go miss­ing from lo­cal projects

Canning Times - - NEWS - Jaime Shurmer

BENT­LEY Hospi­tal lost $10 mil­lion in fund­ing and Wil­let­ton Se­nior High School $11.8m in the State Bud­get.

Riverton MLA Mike Na­han came out swing­ing the day af­ter the bud­get was handed down last Thurs­day, de­scrib­ing the loss of school funds as a “be­trayal of the lo­cal com­mu­nity”.

“It is in­cred­i­bly dis­ap­point­ing that the Riverton elec­torate is not only be­ing ig­nored but money is be­ing ripped out left, right and cen­tre to fund projects else­where,” Dr Na­han said.

A spokesper­son for Pre­mier Mark McGowan’s of­fice said to date $53.5m had been in­vested in the school to mod­ernise its fa­cil­i­ties.

“Dr Na­han trea­surer, and the pre­vi­ous state gov­ern­ment blew the boom and wrecked the state’s fi­nances and as a re­sult all cap­i­tal works have to be un­der re­view,” the spokesper­son said. “In the bud­get sit­u­a­tion we were faced with, we had to repri­ori­tise projects of im­por­tance.” as

The first stage of the school’s re­de­vel­op­ment cost $39.2m and in­cluded an ed­u­ca­tion sup­port class­room and lec­ture theatre, new build­ing for arts, me­dia and mu­sic, a new per­form­ing arts area, and new sci­ence build­ing with an ob­ser­va­tory. A new build­ing was built for IT and busi­ness stud­ies and the school gym was ex­tended. The sec­ond stage of $14.3m in­cluded new English and VET class­rooms, an en­closed eat­ing area, toi­lets and car park­ing, med­i­cal cen­tre and land­scap­ing.

The an­tic­i­pated fund­ing for 2018-19 and 2019-20 to com­plete the third stage was re­al­lo­cated to school-re­lated elec­tion com­mit­ments.

Bent­ley Hospi­tal Re­de­vel­op­ment’s $10m will be handed to Royal Perth Hospi­tal to address “pri­or­ity fire safety needs”.

Pre­mier Mark McGowan.

Mike Na­han.

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