State Govt confirms $50m Balcatta SHS redevelopment will be finished by 2021

Year 12 head prefect Domonique Barone, Balcatta MLA David Michael, Education Minister Sue Ellery, School Board Chair Helen Notis and Year 12 head prefect Matt Milner.
Year 12 head prefect Domonique Barone, Balcatta MLA David Michael, Education Minister Sue Ellery, School Board Chair Helen Notis and Year 12 head prefect Matt Milner.

EDUCATION and Training Minister Sue Ellery says the $50 million Balcatta Senior High School redevelopment will be completed in 2021, which will incorporate some heritage features into the design.

Ms Ellery, Premier Mark McGowan and Balcatta MLA David Michael confirmed the funding was included in the 2017-18 State Budget, which also featured a $50 million rebuild of John Forrest Secondary College and revitalisations of Morley Senior High School ($1.5 million) and Mt Lawley Senior High School ($4 million).

Ms Ellery said an architect would be appointed this year and a heritage consultant would be employed to identify which buildings needed to be retained in the redevelopment.

“I think this is the third or fourth time I visited the school, I know that great work goes on in the classrooms but I want to make sure that those classrooms and the learning areas are as good as they can be,” she said.

“It is not that difficult to do, we do rebuild old schools on site while those schools continue to operate quite regularly, so it is not a new thing.

“I think that Balcatta will start to attract more students when the locals can see that we are revitalising the school and making sure that the learning environments are modern and up-to-date.”

Ms Ellery said the school community and residents would be consulted through the planning process.

Mr Michael said he was excited that the project would happen reasonably quickly over the next few years.

Mr McGowan said the rebuild of the 50-year-old school was part of a $465 million investment in school infrastructure across WA.

“Balcatta Senior High School is exactly the same age as me and it needs some renovation and attention,” he said.

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