A new primary school will be built at Wandina in Geraldton’s growing southern corridor, Premier Colin Barnett and Geraldton MLA Ian Blayney announced today.
Mr Barnett toured the newly acquired site for the school, which will honour a commitment made at the 2008 State election.
“The greater Geraldton area has grown considerably in recent years and will continue to expand with increased resources activity and new projects such as the Oakajee port and rail development,” the Premier said.
“This is the latest State Government commitment to Western Australian education, which is a major priority in this period of strong economic activity.”
The first stage of the project is expected to cost $8million and is scheduled to open on the 3.5 hectare site on Brittania Parade in 2014.
Education Minister Liz Constable said in its first year of operation the school would cater for kindergarten and pre-primary students, taking on further year groups progressively in later years.
It will initially include facilities for kindergarten to year 3 students, with year 4-6 classes to follow in 2015.
“The school will provide a closer educational alternative for children living in the Wandina area. Most of these children currently attend Mount Tarcoola Primary School,” Dr Constable said.
“Detailed planning for the new school will likely commence in the second half of 2012, allowing construction to begin in 2013.”
Mr Barnett said the Department of Education would also look into the provision of education for children with disabilities in the town, with the aim of improving facilities.
About 100 public primary school students live within 1km of the new school site
Geraldton’s Waggrakine Primary School won three 2011 WA Education Awards
The Government released the Greater Geraldton Structure Plan this year
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