Labor to spend $4.57m on schools in Mt Lawley seat


Labor education spokesperson Sue Ellery with Mount Lawley candidate Simon Millman. Picture: Giovanni Torre.
Labor education spokesperson Sue Ellery with Mount Lawley candidate Simon Millman. Picture: Giovanni Torre.

MT LAWLEY candidate Simon Millman has pledged $4.57 million in new funding for schools across the electorate if Labor wins office on March 11.

Mr Millman and Labor education spokesperson Sue Ellery will announce the commitment this morning.

Additionally, under the plan five schools will receive $220,000 from WA Labor’s Local Projects, Local Jobs Fund.

Mr Millman said the funds will assist with school maintenance that has been “left on the ‘to do’ list for too long as a result of the Liberal Government’s cuts”.

“It will also help schools purchase specialist equipment to assist with learning outcomes,” he said.

Yokine Primary School will receive $350,000 for a new administration block.

“It will allow the school to have a proper and separate sick room for children as well as space for teachers to prepare lessons and will create extra space for learning,” Mr Millman said.

Labor pledged an additional $4 million to upgrade Mt Lawley Senior High School.

Liberal MLA for Mt Lawley Michael Sutherland said he had advocated for $38.5 million in major upgrades to schools in the electorate during his time as Member, including works at Coolbinia, Mt Lawley, Sutherland Dianella, West Morley and Yokine primary schools.

“I’m delighted to confirm that a re-elected Liberal Government will provide $39 million for the expansion of Mt Lawley Senior High School and $15 million for needed upgrades to John Forrest Secondary College, funded by the partial float of Western Power,” he said.

Mr Sutherland said the Liberals would guarantee before and after school care at all public schools, and deliver grants to upgrade play areas and resurface hard courts across the community.

Ms Ellery said it was “disgraceful” that the Government’s education funding promises relied on the sale of Western Power.

“At the end of the biggest resources boom the state has ever had, and given education is core business, it really is disgraceful that the Government is funding its education promises based on the sale of Western Power. Education should not be funded by the sale of public assets,” she said.

Funding from Labor’s Local Projects, Local Jobs Fund also includes $150,000 to be split evenly between Sutherland Dianella, West Morley, and Coolbinia primary school maintenance backlogs; $50,000 for Sir David Brand School toward upgrading learning equipment; and $20,000 for Mount Lawley Primary School to assist in purchasing specialist equipment for the robotics program.