Barnett ups ante for votes with Balcatta SHS $60m promise

The State Government has eased parents' fears about enrolment and boundaries for the new Southern River Primary School.
The State Government has eased parents' fears about enrolment and boundaries for the new Southern River Primary School.

THE WA Liberal Party has promised $60 million to upgrade the 50-year-old facilities at Balcatta Senior High School, upstaging Labor’s $50 million pledge last month.

Last month, the Stirling Times reported Labor would spend $50 million upgrading the school if it was elected.

Opposition Leader Mark McGowan said the funds would come from unallocated funds in the Budget.

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Premier Colin Barnett pledged on Wednesday that the school would be redeveloped and expanded and heritage-listed buildings gutted and modernised if Liberal was re-elected.

An introduction of specialist soccer and academic programs and new facilities including classrooms and a performing arts centre was also part of the promise.

“This redevelopment will turn Balcatta SHS into a state-of-the-art school of choice,” Mr Barnett said.

“It will also increase capacity to 1200 students.”

Education Minister Peter Collier said if the proposed upgrades went ahead, he expected more students would attend Balcatta.