Education forum in Leederville to discuss the shortage of inner-city schools

Mark McGowan.
Mark McGowan.

INNER-city families have a chance to have their say about the future of education in the area at a forum in Leederville tonight.

Opposition leader Mark McGowan and Perth candidate John Carey will host the forum, and will seek feedback about the need for schools in inner-city suburbs.

“Mt Hawthorn Primary School has grown and is now very full and like many inner city schools, there’s lots of young families moving in and increased density which is a good thing,” he said.

“(But) this is putting pressure on existing schools in the area and we need to have a long-term plan to fix that.”

He said local parents would be consulted at the forum about what they want.

“The State government announced its option; we are going to consult the parents and the local community for the best option to make sure there are appropriate schools and additional capacity in the inner city area.

“In the lead up to the State election we will be making claim what we our proposals and commitments are.”

Opposition spokeswoman Sue Ellery said inner-city schools didn’t have enough play space or classroom space.

Mr Carey, who is also the City of Vincent mayor, said education was a critical issue in the electorate.

“From the door knocking and feedback that I’m getting, schools and education is one of the critical issues I believe will be for the electorate of Perth,” he said.

“Mt Hawthorn (school) is crying out for more buildings.”

What: Education forum

Where: Bill’s Bar and Bites (upstairs function room), 742 Newcastle Street, Leederville

When: Tonight, 7pm-8.30pm