State Budget 2017: New Banksia Grove and Burns Beach schools in pipeline


Labor candidates Emily Hamilton, Sabine Winton and Mark Folkard with Mark McGowan and Butler MLA John Quigley.
Labor candidates Emily Hamilton, Sabine Winton and Mark Folkard with Mark McGowan and Butler MLA John Quigley.

CONSTRUCTION is set to start on primary schools in Banksia Grove and Burns Beach in the next few years.

The State Budget revealed $15.6 million funding for the east Banksia Grove school from 2018-19 to 2020-21, while $7 million of the $15.6 million required for Burns Beach is listed in the forward estimates for 2020-21.

Belridge Secondary College in Beldon and Ocean Reef Senior High School will receive $5 million each for performing arts centres over the forward estimates.

Another $5 million will go to Wanneroo Secondary College across 2019-20 and 2020-21, and $2.5 million to Kinross College in 2019-20 for upgrades.

Beaumaris and Currambine primary schools are to get $200,000 each for perimeter fences in 2018-19, Kinross Primary School will receive $1.6 million in the forward estimates for an early learning centre and $400,000 is listed for upgrades at Tapping Primary School across the next two financial years.

The State Government will also deliver $119 million in funding over the next four years for an additional 470 education jobs.

This comprises an extra 120 teachers, 300 education assistants and 50 Aboriginal and Islander education officers to be placed in public schools.

Wanneroo MLA and former Wanneroo Secondary College student Sabine Winton said work on facilities would start at the school in 2019 and were expected to be finished by 2021.

“Our $5 million commitment will deliver a brand-new $4 million gymnasium and provide $1 million to transform the existing gymnasium into a performing arts theatre,” she said.

“This commitment will allow the school to go further in delivering its specialist performing arts program and further enhance the college’s athletic offerings.”

The budget also lists $200,000 for development of a service model for “mental health recovery colleges” in Wanneroo and at Royal Perth Hospital.

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