New Hammond Park high school not at poll risk

New Hammond Park high school not at poll risk

DEVELOPMENT of a high school planned for Hammond Park will be honoured no matter which party claims power at the March State election.

The school, to be built on Barfield Road, is set to be delivered under a Public Private Partnership (PPP).

The current State Government plans to open the first stage – accommodating Year 7 students – in 2020, with stage two to open in 2023.

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The school did not feature in WA Labor’s recent announcement about its plan for school infrastructure should it win power.

But the party’s education spokeswoman Sue Ellery said the development was not at risk.

“All the contracts for schools announced as PPP have been signed so the project will develop as announced,” she said.

Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett said the high school would be integral to the southern suburbs.

“With Atwell College at capacity and Hamilton Hill Senior High School closing at the end of 2017, the Hammond Park Senior High School is needed sooner rather than later,” he said.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Education said the school, which will accommodate 1450 students, was in its “final design stages”. “Planning for the local-intake area for (the school) will start in 2019,” she said.

“All or parts of the localities of Aubin Grove, Hammond Park, Mandogalup and Wandi are expected to form the local intake area of the school which will ease the pressure on the nearby Atwell College.”

Under the PPP, EduWest will design and build the school, then maintain it for 25 years.

The State Government will still own the school, with the Department of Education to run it.