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Record investment in WA school upgrades to help with recovery

WA school upgrades

WA 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

Source: WA Government

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