New school in sight
EDUCATION and Training Minister Sue Ellery says preliminary assessments have started at a department-owned vacant site in Bennett Springs following an election promise for a new school at the site.
In January, West Swan MLA Rita Saffioti pledged a public school on the site at the corner of Bennett Springs Drive and Crystal Turn if Labor won the election.
Ms Saffioti said she looked forward to working with Ms Ellery to deliver on this promise, as well as other commitments to three other schools in Ballajura.
“I sought local residents’ views in 2015 in a ‘Your Say’ letter; the community response showed overwhelming support for a new school and the development of the site,” she said.
“In its current state, the land poses a threat to children, a fire hazard and there is a high risk of snakes.”
Ms Ellery said the department liaised directly with each school about the nature of the works.
“Ballajura Community College received $5 million for a performing arts centre,” she said.
“Construction is due to commence next year with completion expected in 2020.
“Ballajura Primary School received $3.2 million for an early childhood education centre, including three permanent classrooms, which will replace demountable classrooms.
“Construction is expected to begin next year.
“In addition, South Ballajura Primary School also received $200,000 for an upgrade to staff and toilet facilities.”