Labor promises $300,000 to Bicton primary schools


Bicton Primary School P&C co-Presidents Nick Emeljanow and Marie Protich, Opposition Leader Mark McGowan, Palmyra Primary School P&C President Kate Hollick and Labor candidate for Bicton Lisa O’Malley. In the foreground are Jessica and Tara Emeljanow.
Bicton Primary School P&C co-Presidents Nick Emeljanow and Marie Protich, Opposition Leader Mark McGowan, Palmyra Primary School P&C President Kate Hollick and Labor candidate for Bicton Lisa O’Malley. In the foreground are Jessica and Tara Emeljanow.

THREE primary schools in the Bicton electorate are in line for upgrades worth more than $300,000 if WA Labor is elected on March 11.

Melville Primary School, which was devastated by a deliberately-lit fire earlier this year, will receive $100,000 to refurbish classrooms and replace lost supplies and equipment.

A $110,000 commitment has been made to Bicton Primary School to build shade structures and resurface its basketball courts.

Palmyra Primary School will be given $100,000 to install solar panels, in an effort to become a carbon neutral school, with the remainder of the money used to upgrade its kitchen garden and provide more IT equipment in classrooms.

Labor candidate for Bicton Lisa O’Malley said the money had been pledged as part of a plan developed with local P&C committees.

“As a long-term P&C member at our local schools, I know first-hand how important investments in school infrastructure are,” she said.

“Investments like these allow teachers to do what they do best, knowing that students have the best facilities and equipment to enhance their learning experience.”

Palmyra P&C President Kate Hollick welcomed the announcement.

“This investment will allow Palmyra Primary School to make a leap into the future by becoming a carbon-neutral school, getting more IT gear into classrooms and also to bring our kitchen up to scratch,” she said.