Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion - Lisa Thomas - re­porter

THE State Govern­ment an­nounced this week that a new $84 mil­lion sec­ondary school would be built in the western sub­urbs, help­ing re­solve un­cer­tainty for hun­dreds of par­ents. De­spite this an­nounce­ment, par­ents in the western sub­urbs still face not know­ing what catch­ments the school will service un­til 2017 and a fur­ther two-year wait un­til Year 7 stu­dents can even at­tend the school. Although this week there may be a wave of re­lief across the western sub­urbs, we still need to ask the ques­tion of why this de­ci­sion took so long? This school should have been open­ing next year. There are still stu­dents and par­ents being af­fected by over­crowd­ing at Shen­ton Col­lege and Church­lands, with real re­lief not to be felt un­til 2025, and even then has the Govern­ment con­sid­ered if this one school will be able to cater for the short­fall, given en­rol­ment num­bers are in­creas­ing each year? It is also not known how the Govern­ment is go­ing to hon­our this com­mit­ment, with no money in the bud­get al­lo­cated to­wards a new sec­ondary school.

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