PREMIER Mark McGowan has re-iterated his desire for new outer-suburb schools to keep up with population growth.
The Premier visited Southern Grove Primary School in Southern River and Aspiri Primary School in Piara Waters yesterday as stage 2 of their construction began.
The State Budget allocated $10.6 million for Southern Grove and $8.6 million for Aspiri over the next year.
Both schools opened for pre-primary and kindergarten students this year and will open for students in years 1 to 6 next year.
Another new primary school in south-east Byford has been allocated $17.5 million over the next two years, while the planned primary school in Huntingdale’s west is due to receive funding in next year’s budget.
Mr McGowan said the government was making sure outer suburban areas got the schools they needed.
“When I drove here, there were new houses everywhere, new houses invariably have lots of children and so we are making sure we cater for the growth,” he said.
“Modern schools are beautiful, they’re very good learning environments, good for morale for teachers and good to make sure kids enjoy going to school.
“We’re putting a lot of effort into school construction in the outer southern area.”
Southern River MLA Terry Healy said he was happy to see progress on the much-needed schools.
“As a father and former teacher in the area, I know families with young children in Southern River and nearby communities will now be part of a brand new school where children can start their primary education in a world-class learning environment,” he said.