Mark McGowan

Mark McGowan

Minister for Education and Training; South West

    Multi-million dollar construction continues in South-West schools

    2/07/2008 12:00 AM

    More than 1,000sq.m of concrete has been poured as construction continues at the $27.2million Manea College.


    Inspecting the construction site today, Education and Training and South-West Minister Mark McGowan said Manea College would be a state-of-the-art senior school linking Year 11 and 12 students with Edith Cowan University and South West Regional TAFE.


    “When it opens in 2009, Manea College will offer a stylish school setting which is highly appropriate for senior students,” Mr McGowan said.


    The college will include 12 general learning areas, three computer zones, two seminar rooms, four science laboratories, two IT laboratories, a graphics laboratory, media room, studio and media facilities and library resource centre.


    The Minister also visited Bunbury Senior High School.


    “The new $2.6million library resource centre will include an external reading court and multi-purpose learning area, as well as a generous space for book shelves, computer resources, reading, bag storage and a staff office,” he said.


    “Bunbury Senior High School is one of the State’s oldest high schools and this fresh new building will invigorate the campus and provide an exciting new environment to teach and learn in.”


    The library is on track for completion at the end of Term Three this year.


    Another new school in the South-West due to open in 2009 is Kingston Primary School.


    Collie-Wellington MLA Mick Murray said the $12.2million school in Australind would initially cater for about 200 students from Kindergarten to Year Seven.


    “Kingston Primary School will feature the latest in computer technology, including fibre optic cabling, a wireless network through all classrooms and high-speed internet access for every student and teacher,” Mr Murray said.

    “The school will also include 13 general classrooms, three early childhood classrooms, a music room, an arts and crafts room, a library resource centre, a canteen and covered assembly area, administration and staff facilities, hard courts and a reticulated oval.”


    South-West MLC Adele Farina said these schools were part of a massive State Government investment in education in the South-West, which also included the new Dalyellup College and Cape Naturaliste College.


    “The Carpenter Government is spending more than $100million on new and improved school facilities in the South-West,” Ms Farina said.


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