WA Budget: Yanchep and Butler schools allocated $52.4m

WA Budget: Yanchep and Butler schools allocated $52.4m

FUNDING for schools in Yanchep and Butler has been allocated in the State Budget, bringing forward Yanchep’s opening date.

The Budget, released last Thursday, includes $52.4 million over the next four years for stage one of a secondary school in north Butler and continued funding to build a Yanchep senior high school, now due to open in mid-2018 rather than 2019.

Treasurer Mike Nahan said it formed part of $757 million being invested in the Perth north metropolitan area.

This includes $95 million in the next financial year for the continued construction of the Mitchell Freeway extension.

“It is important to build the schools, roads and hospitals needed to cater for the growing number of people living in the north metropolitan region, which includes some of our fastest-growing areas,” he said.

“These projects are providing jobs for thousands of West Australians.”

Butler MLA John Quigley criticised the funding for his electorate. He said the only money allocated for new projects in 2016-17 was for a $200,000 shark enclosure at Quinns Beach and $1.5 million to buy land for the future north Butler high school.

“There is an indication that in 2018-19 the high school will commence. However, one has to remember the Barnett Government’s broken promise in relation to the run-down Yanchep District High School and its broken promise to build rail to Yanchep by 2020,” he said.

Mr Quigley said there was no funding to widen Marmion Avenue to Yanchep, install traffic lights at the corner of Hester Avenue and Baltimore Parade, extend the Mitchell Freeway beyond Hester Avenue, a rail extension or upgrades to Yanchep District High School. He said households would pay an extra $160 per year and a $99 surcharge on vehicle licences.