State Election 2017: Rita Saffioti pledges new Bennett Springs school

Councillor Adam Kovalevs and MLA Rita Saffioti at Ballajura Community College.
Picture: Toyah Shakespeare
Councillor Adam Kovalevs and MLA Rita Saffioti at Ballajura Community College. Picture: Toyah Shakespeare

West Swan MLA Rita Saffioti has pledged a new school on unused land on Bennett Springs Drive and a $7 million performing arts theatre at Ballajura Community College if Labor wins the State Election.

Ms Saffioti said Labor would also commit $1.6 million for a new early childhood building at Ballajura Primary School and $200,000 for South Ballajura Primary School.

She said the Department of Education-owned land on Bennett Springs Drive had been left unused for many years and would be an ideal site for a non-government primary school.

Beechboro Christian School had previously expressed interest in the site, as it were outgrowing its current nearby site.

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“Residents constantly raise this neglected land with me and it is a constant concern,” Ms Saffioti said.

“The Department of Education has made it very clear that they have no plans to build a school on this block and have refused to allow any other non-government provider access.

“Given a lot of kids at (Beechboro Christian School) live in the area, I would see them as the prime school to take that site.”

Ms Saffioti said Ballajura Community College had been calling for a new performing arts theatre for years and Labor would commit to the project if elected. A feasibility study previously carried out for a proposed auditorium showed it could hold up to 700 seats.

City of Swan councillor and former Ballajura Community College head boy Adam Kovalevs said the school had not been able to host musicals.

“In the past, we’ve had to move to other schools, schools 20 or 30 minutes away to do performances,” he said.

“It would bring even more talented music and performing arts students to the school.”