New primary school in Caversham South to begin construction this year

Michelle Roberts.
Michelle Roberts.

MIDLAND MLA Michelle Roberts says the construction of a primary school in Caversham South will cover residents south of Reid Highway.

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery announced last week that a $17.3 million primary school with capacity for 430 students will be built in Caversham South.

Construction will begin this year and the school will feature a library resource centre, covered assembly area with canteen, a music room and hard courts.

Ms Roberts said the Caversham South Primary School (planning name) was an election commitment from her and West Swan MLA Rita Saffioti.

“When people purchased their lots in that estate, there was a designated local government community centre and a community school and a designated shopping centre went in there first,” she said.

“The City of Swan Community Centre and the school was supposed to be built at the same time and being able to make use of oval.

“But the former government backed away from the commitment and refused to give any commitment to local residents.

“Rita Saffioti and I lobbied our party to make an election commitment for a school there and especially given the tough financial situation the state is in, I am delighted that we are delivering on the election commitment to build the school.”

Ms Roberts said local residents would not have to take their kids “out of area” once the school opened in 2020.

“The real problem at the moment is that the existing Caversham Primary School is north of Reid Highway which is a major impediment to kids being able to walk or ride to school,” she said.

“I think this will provide a great opportunity for those (people) south of Reid Highway.

“It will also hopefully alleviate some pressure on Guildford Primary and Woodbridge Primary schools.”

Ms Ellery said the announcement was to ensure the education system kept up with the fastest growing suburbs and ease pressure on existing schools.