Rockingham and Kwinana schools to receive funding boost under Federal Labor govt

Stuart HortonSound Telegraph
Brand MHR Madeleine King and Federal Opposition Leader Tanya Plibersek chat with Safety Bay SHS students.
Camera IconBrand MHR Madeleine King and Federal Opposition Leader Tanya Plibersek chat with Safety Bay SHS students. Credit: Stuart Horton

Local schools will receive a funding boost under a Labor federal government after Deputy Opposition Leader Tanya Plibersek announced the party’s Fair Go for Schools initiative during a visit to Safety Bay High School yesterday.

Ms Plibersek was joined by Brand MHR Madeleine King at the latter’s former school, where students from years 8-11 enjoyed a question and answer session with the two federal members.

The students quizzed Ms Plibersek on her role as deputy party leader, her influences and favourite memories from being in Parliament, and also discussed a recent politics and legal studies class visit to Canberra and Sydney, which is in Ms Plibersek’s seat.

Safety Bay Senior High School principal Alen Kursar said meeting Federal politicians was an inspiring opportunity for students.

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“We know that our future starts with our children, so having the opportunity to meet two passionate parliamentarians showed our students that anything is possible,” he said.

As part of Labor’s Fair Go for Schools, public schools in the Brand electorate, including schools in Rockingham, Kwinana and Baldivis, will be $37.48 million better off.

Safety Bay Senior High School will receive $2.06 million extra funding if Labor is elected, with Baldivis Secondary College to receive $3.1 million, Comet Bay College $3 million and Gilmore College $2.06 million.

“Safety Bay Senior High School has been going from strength to strength 40 years and this funding will help my old school grow even more,” Ms King said.

Local schools to receive extra funding over three years from 2020 ($1 million+)

Baldivis Secondary College ($3.1 million)

Comet Bay College ($3 million)

Safety Bay SHS, Gilmore College ($2.06 million)

Warnbro Community HS ($1.76 million)

Rockingham SHS ($1.75 million)

Bertram PS ($1.37 million)

Makybe Rise PS ($1.26 million)

Comet Bay PS ($1.1 million)

Baldivis PS ($1.04 million)

A further 33 local schools will receive between $70,000-$980,000 in extra funding

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