New schools in bud­get pipe­line

PLUS FA­CIL­ITY UP­GRADES FOR SPE­CIAL­IST PRO­GRAMS

Wanneroo Times - - News - Laura Pond

CON­STRUC­TION is set to start on pri­mary schools in Banksia Grove and Burns Beach in the next few years.

The State Bud­get re­vealed $15.6 mil­lion fund­ing for the east Banksia Grove school from 201819 to 2020-21, while $7 mil­lion of the $15.6 mil­lion re­quired for Burns Beach is listed in the for­ward es­ti­mates for 2020-21.

Bel­ridge Sec­ondary Col­lege in Bel­don and Ocean Reef Se­nior High School will re­ceive $5 mil­lion each for per­form­ing arts cen­tres over the for­ward es­ti­mates.

An­other $5 mil­lion will go to Wan­neroo Sec­ondary Col­lege across 2019-20 and 2020-21, and $2.5 mil­lion to Kin­ross Col­lege in 2019-20 for up­grades.

Beau­maris and Cur­ram­bine pri­mary schools are to get $200,000 each for perime­ter fences in 2018-19, Kin­ross Pri­mary School will re­ceive $1.6 mil­lion in the for­ward es­ti­mates for an early learn­ing cen­tre and $400,000 is listed for up­grades at Tap­ping Pri­mary School across the next two fi­nan­cial years.

The State Govern­ment will also de­liver $119 mil­lion in fund­ing over the next four years for an ad­di­tional 470 ed­u­ca­tion jobs.

This com­prises an ex­tra 120 teach­ers, 300 ed­u­ca­tion as­sis­tants and 50 Abo­rig­i­nal and Is­lan­der ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cers to be placed in pub­lic schools.

Wan­neroo MLA and for­mer Wan­neroo Sec­ondary Col­lege stu­dent Sabine Win­ton said work on fa­cil­i­ties would start at the school in 2019 and were ex­pected to be fin­ished by 2021.

“Our $5 mil­lion com­mit­ment will de­liver a brand-new $4 mil­lion gym­na­sium and pro­vide $1 mil­lion to trans­form the ex­ist­ing gym­na­sium into a per­form­ing arts theatre,” she said.

“This com­mit­ment will al­low the school to go fur­ther in de­liv­er­ing its spe­cial­ist per­form­ing arts pro­gram and fur­ther en­hance the col­lege’s ath­letic of­fer­ings.”

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