Work starts on new schools

Comment News (Gosnells) - - Front Page - Ben Smith

PREMIER Mark McGowan has re­it­er­ated his de­sire for new outer-sub­ur­bur­ban schools to keep up with pop­u­la­tion growth.

The Premier vis­ited South­ern Grove Pri­mary School in South­ern River and Aspiri Pri­mary School in Piara Wa­ters last week as stage 2 of con­struc­tion be­gan. The State Gov­ern­ment al­lo­cated $10.6 mil­lion for South­ern Grove and $8.6m for Aspiri in the Buid­get over the next fi­nan­cial year.

Both schools opened for prepri­mary and kinder­garten stu­dents this year and will open for stu­dents in years 1 to 6 next year. Another new pri­mary school in south­east By­ford has been al­lo­cated $17.5m over the next two years, while the planned pri­mary school in Hunt­ing­dale’s west is due to re­ceive fund­ing in next year’s Bud­get.

Mr McGowan said the Gov­ern­ment was mak­ing sure outer subur­ban ar­eas got the schools they needed.

“When I drove here, there were new houses ev­ery­where; new houses in­vari­ably have lots of chil­dren and we are mak­ing sure we cater for the growth,” he said.

“We’re putting a lot of ef­fort into school con­struc­tion in the outer south­ern area.”

South­ern River MLA Terry Healy said he was happy to see progress on the schools.

“As a fa­ther and for­mer teacher in the area, I know fam­i­lies in South­ern River and nearby com­mu­ni­ties will now be part of a new school where chil­dren can start their pri­mary ed­u­ca­tion,” he said.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son d48288

Premier Mark McGowan with Zachary Horton and Ivanka Mawire.

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