The McGowan Government has allocated more than $650,000 to Margaret River Senior High School for general maintenance, structural repairs and to upgrade design and technology workshops.
The funding is part of a major school infrastructure package, which will see all 789 public schools across Western Australia receive improvements. Every public school will share in $35 million to address maintenance items or identified minor works listed in Building Condition Assessment reports.
Schools will be encouraged to use local contractors to deliver these works through the State Government’s ‘Direct to Market’ initiative which gives schools the ability to engage local contractors directly, cutting unnecessary red tape.
The remaining $165 million of funding is allocated to schools for other targeted maintenance works, upgrades or refurbishments such as classroom upgrades, roof replacements, installation of solar panels and repairs to playing surfaces.
Margaret River Senior High School is also undergoing a $30 million redevelopment which is on track to be completed for the new school year.
The redevelopment includes a new classroom block, an extension to the science block, new sports hall and fitness centre, refurbishment to the administration block, new farm facilities and relocation of hard courts.
As stated by Premier Mark McGowan:
“WA kids deserve to be learning in the best possible school facilities.
“The major maintenance blitz means every public school will benefit across our State.
“Our ‘Direct to Market’ policy means that schools can engage with local contractors directly, helping support local jobs and cutting red tape.
“I’m pleased to see the major redevelopment of Margaret River Senior High School is underway and on track to be completed in the coming months, in time for the 2020 school year.”
As stated by Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery:
“We want to ensure that students at public schools in Western Australia have access to the best possible schools no matter where they live.
“Students at Margaret River Senior High School will benefit from fresh and modern learning spaces with the latest technologies.
“Our major maintenance blitz has allocated funds to every public school in the State.”
As stated by South West Region MLC Adele Farina:
“The original Margaret River school was established in 1955 and is an important place for our local community.
“Having recently visited the Margaret River Senior High School to inspect the upgraded works to the school only to be told of a number of maintenance works required, I am pleased to see a major funding commitment for maintenance works at this fast growing high school.
“The $30 million redevelopment of the school will also help to ensure students are able to learn in the best possible environment.”
Premier’s office – 6552 5000