THE Liberal Government has more than doubled WA Labor’s commitment to Melville Senior High School, pledging $10 million for a new performing arts centre and upgrades to existing classrooms if re-elected.
A further $10 million has also been pledged for upgrades and new facilities at Leeming Senior High School, although all the money is contingent on the partial sale of Western Power.
Liberal candidate for Bicton Matt Taylor said the funding promise delivered on one of his key campaign commitments.
“I’m delighted to have secured this great investment in education for Melville Senior High School,” Mr Taylor said.
“I’ve been campaigning for this funding since the school wrote to me seeking support for their vision to build a new Centre for Arts Excellence.
“My campaign has received overwhelming positive feedback and so I know how much this means for the Melville community.”
“The current performing arts classroom can’t even fit the families and friends of the students performing.
“As well as providing the best development opportunities for the creative abilities of students, this new modern facility will welcome the local community to attend and enjoy the inspiring performances at Melville for generations to come.”
In addition to a new performing arts centre, Melville Senior High School will also receive a new design and technology building, new classrooms to replace transportables and refurbishments to existing classrooms.
Jandakot MLA Joe Francis said schools and principals would be heavily involved in deciding what upgrades were carried out at each school.
“An Education Department audit has found Leeming Senior High School could benefit from new performing arts, media, and student services facilities, as well as refurbishments to many classrooms, canteen, kitchen and eating areas,” he said.
Across WA, the Liberal Government’s Next Generation Education Fund is promising $560 million to high schools built before 1985.