State Govt to commit $15m for John Forrest Secondary College upgrades if re-elected

State Govt to commit $15m for John Forrest Secondary College upgrades if re-elected

FOLLOWING WA Labor’s $50 million promise to upgrade John Forrest Secondary College, the State Government has pledged $15 million for the school if re-elected.

This month, Opposition Leader Mark McGowan pledged to upgrade John Forrest Secondary College as part of his party’s plan for education.

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Maylands Liberal candidate Amanda Madden said if elected, John Forrest Secondary College would receive $15 million from the partial sale of Western Power to upgrade the school.

“An Education Department audit has found John Forrest Secondary College could benefit from a new performing arts facility, visual arts and media centres as well as refurbishment of classrooms, design and technology, home economics buildings and the canteen kitchen and eating areas,” she said.

“But exactly which projects will be completed will be decided in consultation with the community.”

Meanwhile, Bassendean Liberal candidate Jim Seth promised $21 million towards a rebuild and upgrades of Kiara College, Cyril Jackson Senior Campus and Hampton Senior High School.

“This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity we need to seize with both hands,” Mr Seth said.

“Only the Liberals can deliver these major improvements to our high schools, through the Next Generation Education Fund.

“Without the partial sale of Western Power, it will be many more years before these works can go ahead.”

On February 6, the Eastern Reporter reported Labor’s commitment to Kiara College, where they pledged to purchase 12ha of land for a farm school and to use residential land sales from a 17ha block of land to rebuild the school.

Opposition education spokeswoman Sue Ellery said Labor’s announcements were part of the party’s commitment to ensure schools were equipped to give children a 21st century education.