- New inner city secondary school to be built at Kitchener Park, Subiaco
- Construction to start mid-2018 and school to open in 2020 for Year 7 students
- Perth Modern School to remain on existing site as WA's academic select school
- Exciting new redevelopment to create thousands of jobs for Western Australians
The McGowan Labor Government will build a new inner city secondary school as part of a plan to transform Subiaco Oval into a vibrant new community precinct.
The new college will be built alongside Subiaco Oval at Kitchener Park and open in 2020 to take significant enrolment pressure off existing inner suburban schools while offering a first class education for local students.
The State Government will allocate $68 million for stage one of the school, to open for Year 7 students in 2020. The college will expand to cater for 2,000 students to Year 12 by 2025.
The Subiaco site is in a more appropriate location than the previous government's plan to refurbish the old City Beach High School site into a school for 1,600 students. The new location will address the significant population growth in the inner city suburbs and provide the school infrastructure needed where local density will boost enrolments in future years.
The new precinct will be home to the secondary school, new housing and mixed-use developments and the retention of the Subiaco Oval playing fields. The precinct will also include the Princess Margaret Hospital site and nearby Department of Housing land.
Perth Modern School is not part of the new precinct and will remain on its current site on Roberts Road as the State's only fully selective academic school.
The Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority will engage with the City of Subiaco and the local community to transform the precinct, supporting existing local businesses and creating a new vibrant neighbourhood.
As promised, the heritage-listed gates and playing surface of Subiaco Oval will be retained and some existing grandstand space will be offered as part of the ongoing negotiations to accommodate the West Australian Football Commission.
As the original election commitment included a new and expanded Scitech, the State Government will work with Scitech to facilitate its relocation to new state-of-the-art accommodation.
Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:
"We've listened to the community and developed a new plan that delivers on our key election commitment to provide a new inner city secondary school.
"We have moved swiftly to come up with a complete plan that not only addresses the significant student enrolment pressures in existing nearby schools, but also establish an exciting future for the Subiaco Oval site.
"Education Central was an ambitious project, however given our timeframe constraints to deal with student enrolments and some concerns raised by the community, we have acted decisively in the best interests of all Western Australians.
"Our new plan to transform the Subiaco Oval site into a community hub will create thousands of jobs and deliver a vibrant neighbourhood on the edge of the CBD."
Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery:
"Due to the previous government's inaction, families in our inner city suburbs desperately need new school accommodation to ease enrolment pressures and Kitchener Park is the ideal location.
"This school addresses the need for a secondary school in the booming inner city suburbs, rather than in the coastal area where population growth is much less.
"The City Beach site, announced by the previous Liberal National Government, was always the wrong site for a secondary school to take the pressure off Churchlands Senior High School and Shenton College.
"We are responding to the enrolment demand by building a brand new secondary school - with outstanding facilities for 2,000 students - right in the middle of a big population and housing growth area.
"Local intake areas will be adjusted, however families in existing local intake areas will have the choice to send their children to the new inner city college or existing local high schools."
Comments attributed to Planning Minister Rita Saffioti:
"We have moved quickly to establish a new plan for Subiaco Oval in preparation for when the new stadium opens next year, providing certainty for the local community.
"Utilising Kitchener Park as a local intake school will enable shared facilities at Subiaco Oval between students and the local community.
"From a planning perspective, the new school is strategically located serving the growth inner city suburbs with quality transport connectivity.
"The new precinct will include new modern housing options and a mix of community facilities that supports the existing high street in Subiaco.
"The transformation of Subiaco Oval will ensure existing infrastructure, including Subiaco and West Leederville train stations, are utilised as part of the new community hub."
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