State Budget 2017: education the big winner for Gosnells

Southern River MLA Terry Healy.
Southern River MLA Terry Healy.

EDUCATION was the big winner in the City of Gosnells in the State Budget last week.

The Government officially approved $15.6 million each for two new primary schools in Southern River and Huntingdale.

The Southern River primary school in the Bletchley Park precinct is scheduled to open next year, while the Huntingdale school has funding provided between 2019 and 2021.

Southern River College and Canning Vale College will both receive upgrades after the Government pledged $8.4 million and $2 million respectively to them.

Southern River MLA Terry Healy said he was happy to see local schools benefit in the Budget.

“After all of those cuts for so many years, it’s going to take a long time to reverse them,” he said.

“It was half the reason I got into politics in the first place; it (the upgrades) was promised twice but never delivered on, so it’s fantastic to have that now.”

Thornlie MLA Chris Tallentire had pledged to increase teaching assistants in classrooms and promote coding in schools, and the Budget has provided for both.

About $3.14 million will be allocated to increase the number of education assistants, while $2 million has been set aside to introduce a coding program into the WA education curriculum.

The roundabout at the Nicholson Road, Garden Street and Yale Road intersection will benefit from $500,000 to improve traffic flow, but not until the 2018-19 budget.

Canning Vale police station will be one of three stations to receive part of $300,000 to equip them to deal with their extended opening hours.

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