McGowan Labor Government to upgrade infrastructure at Collie-Preston schools

  • WA Labor commits to upgrades to infrastructure at Collie-Preston schools
  • Upgrades will create around 56 local jobs

A McGowan Labor Government will undertake significant upgrades to infrastructure at schools in the Collie-Preston electorate.

Shadow Education Minister Sue Ellery joined local MP Mick Murray in Collie today to outline WA Labor’s plan to improve local schools and create local jobs.

A McGowan Labor Government will:

  • Allocate $7.5million to build a new eight classroom block at Collie Senior High School;
  • Allocate $5milllion to build new science classrooms at Eaton Community College to replace outdated transportable classrooms;
  • Provide $500,000 towards restoration work at Dardanup’s historic Our Lady of Lourdes school precinct;
  • Allocate $3million to build new classrooms at Eaton Primary School to replace transportable classrooms;
  • Build a new $1.5million early learning centre at Glen Huon Primary School; and
  • Put more Education Assistants back in the classroom.

It is estimated the upgrades to school infrastructure will create around 56 local jobs.

A McGowan Labor Government will also introduce a direct-to-market (D2M) maintenance and minor capital works model that gives schools the authorisation and funding pool to directly engage their own contractors for works up to a value of $20,000.

Comments from Shadow Education Minister Sue Ellery:

“A McGowan Labor Government will invest in schools to create the best learning environment for students in Collie-Preston.

“WA Labor supports public education and we believe that every child deserves a quality education, no matter where they live.
“I’m pleased that we’ve been able to address some of the issues at local schools and, at the same time, create new jobs for locals.”

Comments from Member for Collie-Preston Mick Murray:

“A McGowan Labor Government will build the new $7.5 million Collie Senior High School classroom block that Colin Barnett promised in 2013 and never delivered.

“We will replace the outdated transportables at Eaton Community College to ensure local students are given the best possible path towards technical training, tertiary education or employment.

“Upgrades to retire Eaton Primary School’s outdated transportable classrooms are long overdue. Replacing these classrooms with modern facilities will provide local teachers and their students with the kind of education resources they deserve.

“Glen Huon Primary School has been calling for a dedicated early learning centre for some time. It is so important that we give kids the best education experience we can right from the start – and that’s where modern, dedicated early learning facilities are so valuable.

“Upgrades to Our Lady of Lourdes school precinct will ensure the school’s 160 year historic value is preserved for the Dardanup community.

“The Barnett Government’s axing of hundreds of education assistants in 2013 was a huge blow to families whose children rely on EAs for extra attention and academic help in the classroom. WA Labor will increase the number of EAs in country schools to go some way to reversing those damaging cuts.”