Education

Albany schools set for major upgrades under WA Labor

Posted on February 22, 2021
  • $7.5m for new English and maths blocks and an upgraded administration block at Albany SHS under re-elected McGowan Government
  • New STEM classrooms and more access to science at local schools
  • $24m of major projects at Albany schools already underway under McGowan Government

Education Minister Sue Ellery and WA Labor Candidate for Albany Rebecca Stephens today outlined the multimillion dollar local education upgrades a re-elected McGowan Government will undertake in Albany.

The wide-ranging infrastructure program includes $7.5 million to build new English and maths blocks at Albany Senior High School, $1.5 million for a new STEM classroom at North Albany Senior High School, and $1 million for a repurposed STEM classroom at Albany Senior High School.

A re-elected McGowan Government will also invest in a number of smaller commitments at local schools, including:

  • $10,000 to South Stirling Primary School for the refurbishment of the school’s library;
  • $10,000 to Little Grove Primary School for a new early childhood play structure;
  • $10,000 to Yakamia Primary School for a cubby house;
  • $10,000 to Mount Lockyer Primary School for outdoor play equipment;
  • $10,000 to Flinders Park Primary School to maintain the school’s old phone system to operate as a dedicated public address system;
  • $10,000 to Albany Primary School for the painting of student designed murals in the upper primary student toilet block; and
  • $10,000 to Spencer Park Primary School for a colour wall for the entrance of the school and to the education support centre to add to the beautification program they are implementing.

These upgrades are in addition to the significant program of work underway to upgrade infrastructure at Albany schools.

This includes $16.6 million for the redevelopment of Mount Lockyer Primary School, $6.3 million for a new performing arts centre at Albany and $1.1 million for refurbishments at North Albany Senior High School including the visual arts area and specialist subject classrooms.

A re-elected McGowan Government will continue to invest significantly in STEM to provide local students with the education they need to be equipped for the jobs of the future. This includes providing more access to science education for students at Mount Lockyer Primary School.

Over the last four years the McGowan Government has undertaken major upgrades to Albany schools – including $9.8 million for North Albany Senior High School, $2.5 million at Flinders Park Primary School, and $3.1 million for maintenance improvements.

Comments attributed to Education Minister Sue Ellery:

“The McGowan Government is committed to providing all Western Australian children with a quality education – regardless of where they live.

“We have undertaken major investments to upgrade local schools over the last four years, and that significant program of work will continue under a re-elected McGowan Government.

“We have made elevating the role of STEM and science in our schools a key priority. We will continue to invest in resources and infrastructure to support these subjects, to ensure students are well prepared for the jobs of the future.”

Comments attributed to WA Labor Candidate for Albany Rebecca Stephens:

“In my current role at Worklink WA providing training services in the local community, I know how important having good pathways to employment is.

“Everyone’s journey to employment starts at school and we need to make sure our public education system is providing young people with the skills they need to get the best possible start in life.

“A re-elected McGowan Government will continue to invest in school infrastructure with this multimillion dollar investment program – giving local kids every opportunity to pursue their education and get on the pathway to a good job.”