State Govt commits extra $3m to planned Byford primary school


Education minister Sue Ellery, Premier Mark McGowan and Member for East Metropolitan Region Matthew Swinbourn.
Education minister Sue Ellery, Premier Mark McGowan and Member for East Metropolitan Region Matthew Swinbourn.

THE State Government has committed an extra $3 million to a planned new primary school in Byford.

The school, located on Lawrence Way, was initially allocated $15.6 million to cater for the rapid growth of Byford.

However, the State Government has committed an extra $3.3 million to accommodate long-term projected enrolments based on local residential developments.

The extra funding will enable an extra classroom block to be built and the school to accommodate 540 students, rather than the traditional 430.

Premier Mark McGowan said Byford’s ever-accelerating population meant the school’s expansion was an easy decision.

“It’s obviously a massively growing area and everywhere I look in Byford there’s new houses and new people moving in,” he said.

“They’re often young families with school-aged children, so primary schools are essential.

“The school is delivering on an election commitment, it’s meeting the demands of the people here, it‘s creating local jobs with the construction process.”

Construction will begin in 2018 with the school expected to be open in 2020.

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