John Forrest Secondary College $50 million revamp to start in 2019


Education Minister Sue Ellery, Premier Mark McGowan and Maylands MLA Lisa Baker.
Education Minister Sue Ellery, Premier Mark McGowan and Maylands MLA Lisa Baker.

EDUCATION Minister Sue Ellery has committed to John Forrest Secondary College’s $50 million redevelopment, which will start in the 2019-20 financial year.

WA Labor pledged to redevelop the 55-year-old school during the State Election three months ago.

Ms Ellery said the department had identified the required school redevelopment works.

“The department will work with the school to develop the scope of works for the redevelopment and include facilities that are a high priority for the school,” she said.

“The State Budget in September will include school upgrades. An architect will be appointed in 2018-19 and building will commence in the 2019-20 year.”

Maylands MLA Lisa Baker said the extensive redevelopment program was “on track”.

“It is a really large amount of land that we have access to at John Forrest so we will try to keep the green space, but bring a modern taste to it,” she said.

“It is not bulldozing everything that is there, but it has some significant additions and changes to what we have got.”

John Forrest Secondary College acting principal Brad Walsh said the school was looking forward to the consultation process.

“We have a wide range on our wish list that has been there for many years,” he said.

“The primary amongst that is the performing arts centre.

“(Also) a dedicated students services centre because they are spread out at the moment, and upgraded facilities for the technology learning area.”

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