Premier Mark McGowan and Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery visited Kinross College today to announce construction of $2.5 million worth of upgrades to the school will begin this year.
A key McGowan Government election commitment, tenders for the upgrade have closed and a contract is expected to be awarded soon.
The upgraded facilities have been designed by Western Australian-based company Hart Architects, and will include performing and visual arts areas, textiles and food technology classrooms, science laboratories, a library, lecture theatre, beauty therapy room, and external improvements.
While at the school, the Premier and the Minister viewed works on the sports courts which are being refurbished as part of a major package of maintenance at public schools across Western Australia.
The total maintenance package, which includes general maintenance, resurfacing playing surfaces and toilet upgrades, is worth $630,905.
Four sports courts are being resurfaced and includes removing existing asphalt and installing new asphalt, a green acrylic finish and line-marking for basketball, netball and tennis.
The sports courts are used by students in physical education classes, by the school’s specialist basketball program as well as at recess and lunch breaks.
As stated by Premier Mark McGowan:
“My Government is committed to ensuring all students, regardless of where they live, have access to the very best education and facilities.
“We have invested $631,000 through our State-wide maintenance blitz to upgrade facilities at Kinross College, including resurfacing the playing courts.
“Later this year, construction will begin on $2.5 million worth of upgrades to Kinross College, delivering on another election commitment and supporting local jobs.”
As stated by Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery:
“The McGowan Government is committed to upgrading existing schools so students can learn in outstanding classrooms and facilities.
“That’s why we are investing in important maintenance and other works at every public school around the State.
“The new refreshed sports courts mean students can play on a good surface to the best of their abilities.”
As stated by Burns Beach MLA Mark Folkard:
“One of my key election commitments was upgrading Kinross College – I am pleased construction is due to commence later this year.
“These upgrades will significantly improve the school and students’ learning experiences whilst also supporting local jobs.”