Hon Mark McGowan BA LLB MLA

Hon Mark McGowan BA LLB MLA

Premier; Minister for Public Sector Management; State Development, Jobs and Trade; Federal-State Relations

Hon Sue Ellery BA MLC

Hon Sue Ellery BA MLC

Minister for Education and Training

    Investing in education: New schools and infrastructure upgrades across WA

    7/09/2017 2:30 PM
    • $465 million investment in school infrastructure across WA
    • 11 new schools to be built and 28 schools to be upgraded from 2018
    • School infrastructure program to create jobs for Western Australians 

    The McGowan Labor Government's funding commitment, as part of the State Budget, ensures Western Australian schools are well equipped to give their students the support they need.


    The 2017-18 State Budget includes significant investment in school infrastructure, with $465 million towards building new primary schools and a secondary college, performing arts centres and the redevelopment of ageing high schools.


    This investment in school infrastructure will create jobs for Western Australians and will ensure students are learning in facilities that meet modern education needs. 


    New primary schools will be built in high-growth areas of Banksia Grove (East), Burns Beach, Brabham, Caversham South, Baldivis East (South), Southern River South East, Forrestdale South West, Huntingdale (West) and Byford with $15.6 million allocated towards each build and a new Yanchep primary school will be built with funding of $15 million.


    Major rebuilds will take place at:

    • Balcatta Senior High School ($50 million); and
    • John Forrest Secondary College ($50 million). 

    Revitalisations will take place at the following high schools:

    • Canning Vale College ($2 million);
    • Darling Range Sports College ($10 million);
    • Kinross College ($2.5 million);
    • Morley Senior High School ($1.5 million);
    • Mount Lawley Senior High School ($4 million);
    • Southern River College ($8.4 million); and
    • Wanneroo Secondary College ($5 million). 

    Upgrades will take place at the following schools:

    • Beaumaris Primary School ($200,000);
    • Camboon Primary School ($250,000);
    • Caversham Primary School ($1 million);
    • Currambine Primary School ($200,000);
    • Mount Hawthorn Primary School ($3.5 million);
    • North Morley Primary School ($1.5 million);
    • South Ballajura Primary School ($200,000);
    • Tapping Primary School ($400,000);
    • Weld Square Primary School ($1.5 million); and
    • Yokine Primary School ($350,000). 

    From 2018, works will commence at the following regional schools:

    • Broome Senior High School ($20 million);
    • Bunbury Senior High School ($5 million);
    • Collie Senior High School ($7.5 million);
    • Eaton Community College ($5 million);
    • Eaton Primary School ($3 million);
    • Lakelands Senior High School - Mandurah ($2.5 million);
    • Mount Lockyer Primary School ($3 million);
    • Newton Moore Senior High School ($3 million); and
    • South Bunbury Primary School ($3 million). 

    The 2017-18 State Budget has also enabled for the build of new early learning centres at Ballajura Primary School ($3.2 million), Kinross Primary School ($1.6 million), Glen Huon Primary School ($1.5 million) and Flinders Park Primary School ($2.5 million).


    A Child and Parent Centre will be developed at Arbor Grove Primary School in Ellenbrook with a $1.75 million allocation.


    Works for new performing arts centres at Ballajura Community College, Ocean Reef Senior High School, Belridge Secondary College and Belmont City College will commence from 2018, with each centre receiving $5 million in funding.


    Melville Senior High School performing arts centre will be refurbished with a contribution of $4.5 million.


    An allocation of $68 million for stage one of the new inner city secondary college at Kitchener Park in Subiaco will allow for construction to start in mid-2018.


    Also included in the Budget is funding for an additional 120 teachers in public schools to support student learning and $12 million to convert existing classrooms to science laboratories in up to 200 public primary schools.


    For more 2017-18 State Budget information, visit http://www.ourstatebudget.wa.gov.au


    Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:


    "The McGowan Labor Government is committed to providing the school infrastructure which will ensure our education system keeps up with the growing population.


    "This school infrastructure funding boost will create jobs for Western Australians through the development of new builds as well as maintenance and construction across redevelopment projects."


    Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery:


    "The McGowan Labor Government is investing in schools across the State to ensure students have access to quality education, no matter where they live.


    "It's important that we continue to plan for the future.  We are delivering new primary schools in high-growth areas and redeveloping pre-1980s high schools to ensure our schools meet the learning needs of students.


    "Creating better learning environments will ensure students are more supported on their education journey towards the jobs of the future."


    Premier's office - 6552 5000

    Education and Training Minister's office - 6552 5700