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

    Record investment in WA school upgrades to help with recovery

    3/08/2020 9:45 AM
     
    • Major School Upgrade package to deliver first-class learning experiences for WA students
    • Package to upgrade and modernise 63 public schools as part of WA Recovery Plan
    • $492.2 million package for new schools and school improvements across the State
    • Projects will help boost the construction industry, and create hundreds of local jobs 

    Premier Mark McGowan and Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery have unveiled an unprecedented package to modernise Western Australian schools as part of the WA Recovery Plan.

     

    The Major School Upgrade package - totalling $492.2 million - includes $319.2 million of new funding for upgrades and refurbishments at 63 public schools around the State, stimulating economic growth and supporting around 1,850 jobs.

     

    Works will be carried out over the next four years, and will include major additions to burgeoning secondary schools, new sports halls, classrooms, specialist facilities and refurbishments.

     

    Forty-six metropolitan schools will receive upgrades totalling $201.2 million, while 17 regional schools will share in a total of $118 million.

     

    Major projects include:

    • Carine Senior High School - $32 million major upgrade to provide classrooms and facilities for up to 600 students;
    • Albany Senior High School - $6.3 million for a new performing arts centre;
    • Kalamunda Senior High School - $18.3 million rebuild of education support facilities and new classrooms;
    • Lynwood Senior High School - $18.3 million for a new performing arts centre, sports hall and classroom building;
    • Melville Senior High School - $925,000 for refurbishment of technical classrooms; 
    • Ocean Reef Senior High School - $5 million for a sports hall;
    • Margaret River Senior High School - $6.27 million for a new full-sized sports oval;
    • Bunbury Senior High School - $3.1 million for a major refurbishment of the sports hall and specialist areas;
    • Karratha Senior High School - $22 million upgrade to provide new facilities to accommodate increasing enrolments;
    • Joseph Banks Secondary College - $16 million new classroom building;
    • Lesmurdie Primary School - $15.2 million to complete school rebuild;
    • Australind Senior High School - $15 million upgrade to provide new double-storey classroom building, science and design and technology facilities;
    • Eastern Hills Senior High School - $2 million for a major refurbishment to the cafeteria and specialist classrooms;
    • Wanneroo Secondary College - $5 million for a new performing arts centre and cafeteria;
    • Willetton Senior High School - $12.5 million for a Stage 3 - classroom block;
    • Wickham Primary School - $3.5 million for a new early childhood education centre;
    • Dianella Secondary College - $5.3 million for a new performing arts centre;
    • Pinjarra Senior High School - $10.4 million for a new performing arts centre and sports hall; and
    • Westminster Primary School - $10 million for school rebuild. 

    The $319.2 million investment is in addition to $173 million of infrastructure funding for public schools recently announced, including Bob Hawke College Stage 2 and a new secondary school in Piara Waters.

     

    For the full list of schools, visit http://inthistogether.wa.gov.au

     

    Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:

     

    "My Government is committed to delivering high-quality education facilities across Western Australia, for the benefit of Western Australian students.

     

    "This ambitious capital works undertaking has dual aims - to create an injection of local jobs for WA workers and deliver exceptional learning facilities for WA children and teenagers.

     

    "The school upgrades form part of my Government's unprecedented $5.5 billion investment in our State as we move into the recovery phase of COVID-19.

     

    "Our comprehensive WA Recovery Plan will help drive economic and social recovery across the State, and create a pipeline of jobs for Western Australians."

     

    Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery:

     

    "This significant package of work will see ageing infrastructure at our public schools upgraded, to create top rate learning spaces for WA students.

     

    "These works come on top of major school infrastructure already announced, such as stage two of the flagship Bob Hawke College, additions to Ridge View Secondary College and a new school for Piara Waters."

     

    Premier's office - 6552 5000  

    Education and Training Minister's office - 6552 5700