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Western Australia Minister for Education Elizabeth Constable

State Budget 2010-11: New And Improved Schools A Priority

Victor P Taffa

Education Minister Liz Constable today announced spending of $1.025 Billion on new schools and improvements to existing public schools over the next 12 months.

The funding includes Federal Government funding of $425 Million from the Building the Education Revolution program.

Dr. Constable said as part of this improvement in education service delivery to families, construction would begin in 2010-11 on six new or replacement primary schools, and three new or replacement secondary schools.

 

 

“We are continuing our investment in the asset improvement program to make sure our schools have the best possible facilities for staff and students.” the Minister said.

“All new schools and facilities will incorporate features that will ensure they are built to a high standard and are environmentally sustainable so as to provide a high standard, modern environment in which to learn.”

The Minister said construction would begin in 2010-11 on two new secondary schools:

  • Baldivis Senior High School ($44 Million);
  • Butler Senior High School ($53 Million).

Building work would also get under way on four new primary schools, all due to open in 2012 at a total cost of $56 Million at:

  • Aveley (Ellenbrook);
  • Malvern Springs (Ellenbrook);
  • Meadow Springs (North of Mandurah);
  • Piara Waters, (North of Forrestdale).

Construction would also begin on the redevelopment of Governor Stirling Senior High School on its existing site ($63 Million) and on:

  • The Federal Government-funded redevelopment of Kununurra District High School ($49 Million) as part of the East Kimberley Redevelopment Package;
  • Replacements for Lake Gwelup Primary School ($13 Million) and Yakamia Primary School ($16 Million).

Planning would begin in 2010-11 on:

  • Byford Senior High School, due to open in 2014 ($30 Million);
  • Redevelopment of Dongara District High School, to be completed by 2012 ($30 Million);
  • $20 Million redevelopment of Bullsbrook District High School, to be completed by 2012;
  • $15 Million redevelopment of Exmouth District High School, to be completed by 2012.

Dr. Constable said work would be completed on replacements for Roseworth, Greenwood Deanmore, Karratha and Wattle Grove Primary schools, costing $75 Million and due to open in 2010, and on Stage Two of Comet Bay College and Ellenbrook Secondary College at a total cost of $50 Million.

Additions would be completed in 2010-11 at:

  • Marri Grove Primary School ($2.5 Million);
  • Neerabup Primary School ($5 Million);
  • Pinjarra Primary School ($2.5 Million);
  • Baldivis Primary School ($3.5 Million).

Construction would also continue on:

  • Stage Two of Ashdale College ($33 Million, 2012);
  • Stage Two of Atwell College ($31 Million, 2012);
  • A new $15 Million primary school at Aubin Grove and kindergarten to Year 2 facilities at Tapping ($10 Million) and Tuart Ridge ($3.5 Million), all due to open in 2011.

The Minister said the construction of additions and improvements would begin at the following schools:

  • Busselton Senior High School ($3 Million);
  • Churchlands Senior High School ($10 Million);
  • Rossmoyne Senior High School ($14 Million);
  • Roleystone District High School ($3.5 Million);
  • Replacement Meekatharra School of the Air in Geraldton ($3.7 Million).

Dr. Constable said the State Budget would honour all of the Liberal-National Government’s pre-election announcements, including a $50 Million Schools Capital Improvements Program, with $5 Million worth of improvements to begin at Donnybrook District High School.

Improvement work would continue at:

  • Albany Senior High School ($2 Million);
  • Darling Range Sports College ($4 Million);
  • Eastern Hills Senior High School ($2 Million);
  • Geraldton Senior College ($5 Million);
  • Kalamunda Senior High School ($5 Million);
  • Woodvale Senior High School ($3.2 Million).

Improvements would be completed at:

  • Bunbury Primary School ($4 Million);
  • Chidlow Primary School ($2 Million);
  • Coolbinia Primary School ($3 Million);
  • Mount Lawley Primary School ($2 Million);
  • Sutherland Dianella Primary School ($5 Million).

“Planning is under way for a significant $56 Million redevelopment of Applecross Senior High School; Stage Two of Karratha Senior High School ($46 Million); additions and improvements to Harvey Agricultural College ($25 Million); and for student and staff accommodation at agricultural colleges ($18 Million).” the Minister said.

“The $28 Million science and technology upgrade will continue at various senior high schools, as will the $10 Million design and technology upgrade.”

During 2010-11, schools will also benefit from:

  • $6.1 Million for administration upgrades;
  • $5.5 Million for covered assembly areas;
  • $5.6 Million for library resource centres;
  • $1.6 Million for toilet upgrades.

For 2010-11, an allocation of $26.8 Million has been set aside to buy and develop land for new schools, while maintenance funding is provided for roof replacements ($10 Million), infrastructure power upgrades ($8.4 Million) and concrete cancer remediation ($8 Million).

Dr. Constable said construction would be completed on Trade Training Centres at 18 secondary schools at a total cost of $48.9 Million and design work had already begun on a further 10 projects approved by the Federal Government.

Planning and construction would also continue on five indigenous Family and Child Centres under a national partnership.

Funding had also been provided to establish transportable kindergarten and pre-primary facilities in Canning Vale, Landsdale and Secret Harbour at a total cost of $4.5 Million.

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