Major parties support rebuild of primary school in Yanchep


Under construction, the Yanchep secondary school is due to open in mid-2018.
Under construction, the Yanchep secondary school is due to open in mid-2018.

FUNDING to rebuild a primary school in Yanchep has come up among election pledges.

Butler MLA John Quigley said if Labor was elected on March 11, it would provide $15 million to rebuild the primary classrooms at Yanchep District High School.

In 2015, the State Government announced plans to build a secondary college in Yanchep, and work is already underway, with the $57.2 million school due to open in stages from mid-2018.

High school classes will transfer to the new school, located on the corner of Marmion Avenue and Blackwood Meander, while primary years will remain at the Primary Road site.

Mr Quigley said parents at the existing school, which first opened in 1975, wanted new facilities for primary students as well.

“Labor has committed to $15 million to rebuild Yanchep primary school on the existing school site,” he said.

“Construction will start as soon as the high school opens.

“Once the high school students move off site, the primary students can move into the high school and we can bulldoze and rebuild it without any disruption to the education program.”

Liberal candidate for Butler Linda Aitken said her party, if re-elected to government, would commit $20 million over four years to upgrade and resurface play areas and hard courts at WA schools and give 100 schools independent public school status.

“The rapid expansion of independent public schools in WA shows the community likes what they’re seeing,” she said.

“WA is the only state where enrolments at our public schools are growing faster than at private schools.”

Ms Aitken said her party would provide $4 million over four years to extend the playground equipment program to include nature play playgrounds and to establish kitchen gardens at schools.

She said it would also double the maximum grants to $40,000 for schools to build general playground equipment, nature play playgrounds and kitchen gardens.