New school in sight

Eastern Reporter - - Front Page - Kristie Lim Com­mu­ni­tynews

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.”

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