QUESTIONS STILL TO BE ANSWERED
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.