Election 2013 Western Australia March 9

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Education Matters

WA Labor to invest $1.27b in school infrastructure

Labor Statement

A McGowan Labor Government will invest almost $1.27billion in school infrastructure to make sure Perth's schools are equipped to give children a 21st century education, WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan said today.

Mr McGowan said WA Labor supports public education and believes every child should get a quality education, no matter where they live.

"As a father of three young children, I understand the importance of giving our children a quality education," Mr McGowan said.

"This is a priority for many Western Australian families who want to provide their children the education they need to succeed in life.

"Western Australia is the fastest-growing State in Australia, with Perth's population predicted to double by 2056.

"That's why we have an extensive plan to invest almost $1.27 billion in school infrastructure over the next four years.

A McGowan Government will invest almost $1.27 billion in school infrastructure over the next four years, including: 

  • Spending an additional $100million on upgrading suburban high schools, including Ballajura, Eastern Hills, Lynwood, Morley, Rossmoyne, South Fremantle, Thornlie and Wanneroo;  
  • Building new primary schools at Caversham, Lakelands and Landsdale; and 
  • Building new high schools in Ellenbrook North by 2015 and Forrestdale.

Mr McGowan said the Barnett Government prioritised inner-city projects instead of giving families in fast-growing suburbs the services they need, like quality school facilities.

"Instead of investing in our children's education and making sure our aging high schools can cope with our rapid population growth and meet modern educational needs, the Barnett Government has slashed the budget for school infrastructure through the Department of Education's Asset Investment Program from $519.2million in 2012-13 to $286.9million in 2015-16.

"Only WA Labor can be trusted to build better schools, which lead the nation, and ensure families in our suburbs and regions get the schools they need.

"As well as supporting those schools that already have funding commitments, we will provide an additional $100million to rebuild aging schools in our suburbs.

"We understand the priorities of people in the suburbs and regions, and will make sure our schools are equipped to give children a 21st century education.

"WA Labor has better priorities for a better future."

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