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IN­CREASE IN STU­DENT IN­TAKE

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THE State Gov­ern­ment has com­mit­ted an ex­tra $3 mil­lion to a planned new pri­mary school in By­ford.

The school, on Lawrence Way, was ini­tially al­lo­cated $15.6 mil­lion to cater for rapid pop­u­la­tion growth in By­ford.

How­ever, the State Gov­ern­ment has com­mit­ted an ex­tra $3.3m to ac­com­mo­date long-term pro­jected en­rol­ments based on lo­cal res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ments.

The ad­di­tional fund­ing will en­able an ex­tra class­room block to be built and the school to ac­com­mo­date 540 stu­dents, rather than the tra­di­tional 430.

Premier Mark McGowan said By­ford’s ever-in­creas­ing pop­u­la­tion meant the school’s ex­pan­sion was an easy de­ci­sion.

“It’s ob­vi­ously a mas­sively grow­ing area and ev­ery­where I look in By­ford, there’s new houses and new peo­ple mov­ing in,” he said. “They’re of­ten young fam­i­lies with school-aged chil­dren, so pri­mary schools are es­sen­tial.

“The school is de­liv­er­ing on an elec­tion com­mit­ment, it’s meet­ing the de­mands of the peo­ple here, it‘s cre­at­ing lo­cal jobs with the con­struc­tion process.”

Con­struc­tion will be­gin in 2018 with the school ex­pected to be open in 2020.

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