Mark McGowan

Mark McGowan

Minister for Education and Training; South West

    New administration area opened at 130-year-old Geraldton Primary School

    28/07/2008 12:00 AM

    Education and Training Minister Mark McGowan was in Geraldton today to officially open the $810,000 upgrade to Geraldton Primary School’s administration building.


    Mr McGowan said Geraldton Primary School, which was established in 1878, was one of the oldest continuously operating schools in Western Australia and it was important to keep such historically significant buildings in good condition.


    “During the last nine months, there has been considerable spending on Geraldton Primary School, including $170,000 on renewing the roof and $35,000 on an off-site kindergarten,” he said.


    The Minister said the upgrade to the administration facilities included:

    ·          new offices for the principal, two deputy principals and registrar;

    ·          a general office;

    ·          an extended reception area with a new entrance and foyer;

    ·          an interview room;

    ·          additional secure storage area;

    ·          an improved medical room with an added universal access bathroom;

    ·          a lift to the first floor staff room; and

    ·          staff toilets.


    “I must commend Eastman Poletti Sherwood Architects and Crothers Construction on the way they have matched the upgrade to the style of the beautiful old buildings at the school,”

    Mr McGowan said.


    Geraldton MLA Shane Hill said the upgrades would have an enormous impact on the local area.


    “Geraldton Primary School is an important part of our State’s heritage and the Mid -West is extremely proud of this school,” Mr Hill said.


    “It is wonderful to know that a school which has proudly served its community for the past 130 years can continue to do so with up-to-date facilities and a comfortable learning environment.”


    The Minister said the Federal Government had also invested $100,000 in Geraldton Primary School and the P&C donated $27,700 for musical instruments, books and computers.


    The Carpenter Government is spending $1.41billion on school infrastructure projects across Western Australia.


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