TO accommodate rising population in one of the fastest-growing northern suburbs, the State Government plans to build a second secondary school in Butler.
Due to open to Year 7 students in 2020, the $52.4 million first stage of the north Butler secondary school will have initial capacity for 725 students.
It will be built on a 10ha site between Santorini Promenade and John Butler Primary College and expected to expand to cater for Year 12 students by 2026.
North Metropolitan MLC Peter Katsambanis said the new school was part of an ongoing commitment to providing an education to WA students in modern facilities.
Butler MLA John Quigley said the 2016-17 Budget included $1.5 million to buy the land, and he was concerned it would be overcrowded like Butler College, which had about 1630 students this year.
“The only thing that they are spending money on is the acquisition of land for the school,” he said.
“The rest is promises: ‘we promise in the future we will build a high school on this land’.”