Assessments underway for new school at vacant Bennett Springs site, says Education and Training Minister


Rita Saffioti and Sue Ellery.
Rita Saffioti and Sue Ellery.

EDUCATION and Training Minister Sue Ellery says preliminary assessments are underway at a department-owned vacant site in Bennett Springs, following an election promise for a new school at the site.

In January, West Swan MLA Rita Saffioti pledged a public school on the site located on the corner of Bennett Springs Drive and Crystal Turn, if Labor won the election.

The department ruled out selling the land because of the lack of demand for a new school in November 2016.

Ms Saffioti said she looked forward to working with Ms Ellery to deliver on this promise, as well as other commitments to three other schools in Ballajura.

“I sought local resident’s views in 2015 in a ’Your Say’ letter, the community response showed overwhelming support for a new school and the development of the site,” she said.

“In its current state, the land poses a threat to children, a fire hazard and there is a high risk of snakes.”

Ms Ellery said the department liaised directly with each school about the nature of works.

“Ballajura Community College received $5 million for a performing arts centre… construction is due to commence next year with completion expected in 2020,” she said.

“Ballajura Primary School received $3.2 million for an early childhood education centre including three permanent classrooms, which will replace demountable classrooms (with) construction is expected to begin next year.

“In addition, South Ballajura Primary School also received $200,000 for an upgrade to staff and toilet facilities.”

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