2020 vi­sion for school on track

PLAN CLAR­I­FIED AF­TER PROJECT A NO-SHOW IN BUD­GET

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS - Bryce Luff

THE high school planned for Ham­mond Park re­mains on track to open in 2020, de­spite its ab­sence from this month’s State Bud­get.

Twelve months ago, $500,000 had been pen­cilled into the 201617 for­ward es­ti­mates by the State Govern­ment.

A fur­ther $5 mil­lion was ten­ta­tively al­lo­cated for 2017-18, with an ad­di­tional $30 mil­lion in 201819 for a school es­ti­mated to cost $55 mil­lion.

But the State Bud­get, handed down on May 12, made no men­tion of the high school, de­spite Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Peter Col­lier an­nounc­ing a record spend of $4.84 bil­lion in the com­ing 12 months for pri­mary and sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion.

A to­tal of $300 mil­lion of that will be used to build new schools and im­prove ex­ist­ing ones.

Mr Col­lier has since clar­i­fied that the school – to be built on Barfield Road – would open in 2020. “This school is be­ing de­liv­ered un­der a Pub­lic Pri­vate Part­ner­ship (PPP) so is not iden­ti­fied in the As­set In­vest­ment Pro­gram in the bud­get pa­pers,” he said.

The State Govern­ment an­nounced in late 2014 that four pub­lic pri­mary school and four pub­lic sec­ondary schools would be built and main­tained un­der the state’s first PPP for schools.

Un­der the part­ner­ship, a pri­vate com­pany will de­sign and build the schools, then main­tain them for 25 years. The State Govern­ment will still own the schools and the De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion will con­tinue to run them.

Ham­mond Park will open in two stages.

Stage one will ac­com­mo­date 725 Year 7 stu­dents, with stage two to open in 2023.

“It was al­ways the plan that the new school will open with Year 7 stu­dents in its first year,” Mr Col­lier said.

“This is the usual way we open new sec­ondary schools.”

Mr Col­lier said stage two mas­ter plan­ning had fin­ished.

The school will be big enough to ac­com­mo­date 1450 stu­dents when fin­ished. face­book.com/ Cock­burnGazett­e

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