Western Australia Premier Colin Barnett
Western Australia Minister for Education Elizabeth Constable
Western Australia Minister for Regional Development Brendon Grylls
New $15.4 Million Project To Transform Public Education In Merredin
Victor P Taffa
Education for Merredin Students from kindergarten to Year 12 will be transformed with the construction of a new school precinct in the town.
Following the State Government’s Regional Cabinet Meeting in Merredin today, Premier Colin Barnett, Education Minister Liz Constable and Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls announced the $15.4 Million ‘Merredin K-12 One school, One Community’ Project for Merredin.
The project has been funded with $6 Million from the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program, $6 Million from the Department of Education capital works program, and $3.4 Million from the Federal Government’s Building the Education Revolution.
It will see the development of a K-12 school to replace North Merredin and South Merredin Primary Schools and Merredin Senior High School.
The Premier said the project would deliver high quality education facilities for local students in one central education precinct.
“The ‘Merredin K-12 One school, One Community’ Project will transform the learning experience for students in Merredin and the surrounding districts and provide a new community centre for the town.” Premier Barnett said.
Dr. Constable said parents were playing a major role in the development of the new school precinct through the Merredin Schools Amalgamation Committee.
“The committee is considering important issues such as bringing together the existing Parents’ and Citizens’ Associations and formation of a School Council.” Dr. Constable said.
“They are also looking at the elements that determine the spirit of a school such as the uniform, factions and ethos.”
Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls said an upgrade of Educational Facilities in Merredin was desperately needed and this project is the single biggest investment in education in Merredin in 100 years.
“The K-12 One School, One Community project is vital for town and the surrounding districts and will bring renewed enthusiasm and focus on the Merredin Education Precinct.” Mr. Grylls said
Oldfield Knott Architects have been appointed to design new primary buildings to be built next to the secondary buildings on Woolgar Avenue, Merredin.
Secondary facilities will also be upgraded and refurbished to improve the learning environment.
Construction on the Project is expected to begin in mid-2011 for completion during 2012.