Mark McGowan

Mark McGowan

Minister for Education and Training; South West

    New $14.25million primary school for Wattle Grove

    29/07/2008 12:00 AM

    Education and Training Minister Mark McGowan today announced that a new $14.25million primary school would be built in Wattle Grove.


    Mr McGowan said the school would be constructed on a site bounded by St John, Tomah and Acastus Roads and Thorogood Avenue.


    “With extensive residential development planned for the area of Wattle Grove north of Hale Road over the next few years, a new primary school is needed to cater for the growth in population,” he said.


    “It will be a state-of-the-art school with the latest in computer technology, including fibre optic cabling and a wireless network throughout all classrooms, and high-speed internet access for every student and teacher.


    “Planning for the school will start this term with the appointment of an architect, and representatives from the community will have their say in this process.”


    Features of the new school will include:


    ·        13 classrooms;

    ·        three early childhood education classrooms;

    ·        a library/resource centre;

    ·        a covered assembly area and canteen;

    ·        music and art/craft facilities; and

    ·        dental therapy centre with an office, administration and staff facilities.


    The school is expected to be completed late in term four of 2010.


    Kenwick MLA Sheila McHale welcomed the announcement of the new primary school.


    “This new school will relieve pressure on Wattle Grove Primary School and it will mean that both schools can provide first rate education for local students into the future,” Ms McHale said.


    “It is a vital boost for the local community.”


    The Minister said the Carpenter Government was spending $1.41billion on school infrastructure projects across Western Australia.


    “We are spending $1.11billion on new schools and upgrades to existing schools and a further $300million on school maintenance,” she said.


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