Kiara College continues fight for farm school land parcel

Kiara College continues fight for farm school land parcel

KIARA College will continue an ongoing fight to secure a permanent 12ha land tenure for its farm school during the State Election, according to the school board chairman.

WA Labor pledged to allocate the farm school 12ha of land and to use residential land sales from a 17ha block of land to rebuild Kiara College.

A 29ha parcel of land next to Kiara College will be redeveloped to provide a new future for Kiara College if Labor is elected.

School board chairman Ross Sholtz said the school’s farm occupied four out of 12ha of the land owned by the WA Planning Commission.

“We have fought to get things upgraded, so for the WA Labor Party to come out with those promises is very promising,” he said.

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“Over the past 20 years I have been to numerous meetings where we have been promised the whole (parcel of) land and it has never happened. When something happens this time, we will be very forceful in making sure the promises are kept.”

Mr Sholtz said the board was in contact with the WA Liberal Party for potential funding before the State Election.

Education Minister Peter Collier said there were no unallocated funds in the education budget that were sufficient to match Labor’s promises.

“The funds that are in the Budget are for four primary schools,” he said.

Bassendean MLA Dave Kelly said Labor’s commitment would be a win for the school and community.

Opposition leader Mark McGowan also promised $50 million to upgrade John Forrest Secondary College as part of his party’s plan for education.

Liberal candidate for Maylands Amanda Madden said she would discuss upgrades to John Forrest with Mr Collier.