By­ford to get fifth school

LA­BOR ACCUSED OF PLAY­ING POL­I­TICS WITH ED­U­CA­TION

Comment News (Gosnells) - - State Election '17 - Jaime Shurmer

A FIFTH pub­lic pri­mary school for the sub­urb of By­ford has been promised by WA La­bor, ear­marked for the cor­ner of Briggs and Eury­th­mic streets.

Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Peter Col­lier opened the sub­urb’s fourth pri­mary school – Wood­land Grove – in By­ford’s MacMil­lan Road on Wed­nes­day, Fe­bru­ary 1.

Mr Col­lier accused La­bor of play­ing pol­i­tics with ed­u­ca­tion, pick­ing mar­ginal seats to promise a pri­mary school.

He promised $11.5 mil­lion to en­sure ev­ery WA child has ac­cess to kindy, and pledged to ten­der for third-party be­fore and after-school care where there is de­mand.

Ex­ist­ing schools in the area in­clude By­ford Pri­mary School, Marri Grove Pri­mary School and West By­ford Pri­mary School.

La­bor’s pro­posed school would be 1.3km from Marri Grove Pri­mary School and within 3km of Wood­land Grove Pri­mary School, which opened with 400 stu­dents.

Op­po­si­tion Leader Mark McGowan said if elected La­bor would re­view the plan­ning method­ol­ogy for new schools to en­sure ed­u­ca­tion in­fra­struc­ture can cope with the rapidly grow­ing pop­u­la­tion.

Di­rect-to-mar­ket main­te­nance and a mi­nor cap­i­tal works model would be in­tro­duced if La­bor was elected.

“By­ford is one of the fastest-grow­ing sub­urbs in the coun­try and it’s crit­i­cal that WA La­bor pro­vides a vi­sion for our chil­dren and al­lows them the best pos­si­ble start in life,” en­dorsed La­bor can­di­date for Dar­ling Range Barry Ur­ban said.

This week, Har­ris­dale Se­nior High School opened for the first time, along with three other new pub­lic pri­mary schools across Perth.

A new pri­mary school is planned for 540 stu­dents in Piara Waters, set to open in 2019 on the cor­ner of Aspiri Prom­e­nade and Sun­ray Av­enue.

Har­ris­dale Se­nior High School was opened this week.

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