Transportables coming

The first transportable will be delivered to Caversham Primary School at the end of this term, despite the Government saying there was insufficient demand for the proposed new Caversham South Primary School.

Education Minister Peter Collier confirmed the plan was shelved last month, even though it was included in the State Budget less than a year earlier.

The funds were instead shifted to build a school in west Byford. Meanwhile, a sign in Caversham reading �Primary school coming soon� remains in place.

Caversham PS, which is actually north of Reid Highway in the suburb of West Swan, currently has 227 students and a capacity of 270.

Department of Education infrastructure director John Fischer said the school had capacity for more students.

�When additional transportable classrooms are needed they will be provided, with one due to be delivered by the end of this term,� he said.

�While there is continued growth in the areas surrounding Caversham Primary School, it will have sufficient accommodation for all students from its local-intake area in the near future.�

The fast-growing residential estates in Caversham are at the southern end of what the Department of Planning calls the Swan Urban Growth Corridor. In 2011 this growth corridor had less than 500 residents, but by 2017 its population is predicted to be more than 10,000 residents.