Millions go missing from local projects
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.