South West schools set to benefit from funding package

Sports upgrades: WA Premier Mark McGowan with Margaret River Senior High School students during a recent visit to the campus. Photo: Matt Rogers
Sports upgrades: WA Premier Mark McGowan with Margaret River Senior High School students during a recent visit to the campus. Photo: Matt Rogers

A number of South West schools are set to benefit from a funding package announced by the State government this week.

The $492.2 million Major School Upgrade package is part of the McGowan government's WA Recovery Plan.

Of the 46 metropolitan and 17 regional schools set to benefit from the funding, Margaret River Senior High School will receive $6.27 million for a new full-sized sports oval.

South West MLC Adele Farina welcomed the news.

"This announcement represents a significant investment in South West schools and I am pleased to see so many in the region receive necessary funding to deliver major additions over the next four years," Ms Farina said.

"This funding will help to support students and staff alike across the South West in order to meet today's educational needs.

"It will also help to support hundreds of jobs throughout the region and stimulate economic growth.

"Margaret River Senior High School has undergone a significant transformation over the past 24 months with new classroom blocks, science facilities, new sports hall and fitness centre established along with major repair works being undertaken.

"The $6.27 million in funding for a new full-sized sports oval will serve the school community for many years to come and will ensure students are able to participate and enjoy a range of sporting activities within school grounds.

"Australind Senior High School has experienced significant pressures on school infrastructure due to fast growing student numbers so I know the $15 million upgrade to provide new double-storey classroom building, science and design and technology facilities will be well received by the school community.

"Kingston Primary School will be provided with $2.5 for a general classroom block, to support the school as student numbers continue to grow."

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

Ms Farina said she hoped the package would stimulate the South West economy.

"I strongly encourage South West schools to use local contractors to carry out the intended works to ensure this funding stays within the region and benefits the people working and living here as our local economies continue to recover from the impact of COVID-19.

"I look forward to visiting South West schools in the future to see how this funding has helped to transform our local schools into first-class learning experiences for staff and students."

South West schools receiving funding over the next four years:

Australind Senior High School - $15 million for new double-storey classroom building, science and design and technology facilities

Bunbury Senior High School - $3.1 million for major refurbishment of the sports hall and specialist areas

Harvey Senior High School - $1.2 million for a range of refurbishments

Kingston Primary School $2.5 million for a general classroom block

Margaret River Senior High School $6.27 million for a new full-sized sports oval

Pinjarra Senior High School - $10.4 million for a new performing arts centre and sports hall (incorporated into one)

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