Perth MLA Eleni Evangel ‘mortified’ by WA Labor’s move for inner-city school

Perth MLA Eleni Evangel.
Perth MLA Eleni Evangel.

LIBERAL Perth MLA Eleni Evangel was “mortified” by the State Opposition’s move last week to seek feedback on a possible inner-city school to ease crowding.

Opposition Leader Mark McGowan held a forum in Leederville with education spokeswoman Sue Ellery and Perth candidate John Carey to get comments from the community whether a new school in the inner-city was urgent.

The Liberal Party announced in September plans to spend $84 million on the former City Beach High School site to help ease pressure on Shenton College and Churchlands Senior High School and have students there by 2020.

Mr McGowan challenged the western suburbs location and said he personally thought a new inner-city school would be more beneficial.

Ms Ellery said there were no major transport links in City Beach.

Ms Evangel said she was appalled by Mr McGowan’s comments.

“I was mortified by the (Opposition’s) announcement,” she said.

“It is so destabilising to families; people design their whole life around where their kids go to school.”

Education Minister Peter Collier said in September he did not apologise for the plans to take so long to finalise.

“You’re going to find very few people who say it’s the wrong decision. It is the right decision,” he said.