WA families will receive more education options with more primary schools set to be developed for the state, the McGowan Government has revealed.
The government has announced five new primary schools to be built for growing suburbs across in Perth, to ease enrolment pressure at existing schools.
More than $116 million will be spent on new schools in Burns Beach, Wellard, Alkimos, Piara Waters and Treeby, providing “state-of-the-art schools close to home.”
Alkimos will cater for students from kindergarten to Year 6 with a permanent capacity for 650 students at a cost of $26.4 million for the facility.
A new $20.7 million facility at nearby Burns Beach will also provide an option for families with a capacity for 430 students.
Piara Waters’ school will be built at a cost of $26.2 million and will take up 540 students including students with a disability.
Treeby’s school will have a permanent capacity for 540 students and will cost of $20.3 million to build, while Wellard’s school will be built at $22.6 million and tutor 650 students.
Construction will begin in late 2020 with at least 1,500 jobs expected to be created.
The schools set to open in the 2022 school year.
The schools join new primary schools Sheoak Grove Primary School, Beenyup Primary School, Caversham Valley Primary School and Grandis Primary that will welcome students in 2020.
Baldivis South Primary School, Brabham Primary School, Sunningdale Primary School, Harrisdale North Primary School and Southern River Primary School will all open in 2021.
Education Minister Sue Ellery said the schools were part of the State Government’s plan to respond to population growth and education.
“My priority is ensuring that all children in WA have access to the best possible education we can provide,” Ms Ellery said.
“We are building bigger schools in the areas where there’s increased demand – unlike the former Liberal government which failed to respond, resulting in many schools bursting at the seams.”
She added it provided new options for families.
“These new schools will alleviate enrolment pressure at popular existing schools and give families additional education options close to home,” she said.
Premier Mark McGowan said it was important to give students a school in their local area.
“Schools are the heart of our local communities and provide children with essential learning opportunities and high-quality education to set them up for the best start at life,” Mr McGowan said.
“My Government is committed to building schools and strengthening communities to meet the needs of families in our fastest-growing suburbs.”