New school to easesqueeze in Wellard

Sound Telegraph
Wellard residents Sarah Dyer with William, 11 months, Baldivis MLA Reece Whitby, Dylan Neeson who currently attends Leda Primary School and his parents Sinead and Stuart Neeson.
Camera IconWellard residents Sarah Dyer with William, 11 months, Baldivis MLA Reece Whitby, Dylan Neeson who currently attends Leda Primary School and his parents Sinead and Stuart Neeson.

Enrolment pressures at primary schools in Kwinana’s southern suburbs will be lightened with construction of a new $22.6 million primary school in Wellard set to begin late next year.

The school, given the planning name Wellard Village Primary School, will be built on Lambeth Circle and Brentford Parade, and will accommodate 650 students from kindergarten to Year 6.

The State Government last week announced $116 million towards building five new primary schools in Perth’s growing suburbs including Wellard, Burns Beach, Alkimos, Piara Waters and Treeby.

Wellard Village Primary School will provide relief for nearby Leda Primary School and Wellard Primary School and is expected to open in time for the start of the 2022 school year.

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery said many schools were bursting at the seams and the McGowan Government’s commitment to building new schools would help ease that pressure and give families additional education options close to home. “My priority is ensuring that all children in WA have access to the best possible education we can provide,” she said.

Baldivis MLA Reece Whitby said the decision to build a new primary school in the village area of Wellard would be welcomed by hundreds of local families.

“I have been fighting for this primary school in Wellard Village since I was elected . . . I am delighted that Wellard will be getting a new school to support our rapidly growing population,” he said

“Having a new primary school in this location will allow local families the convenience of sending their kids to a nearby school and cutting down on travel time.

“This school will be a fantastic addition to our community, providing local students with modern facilities within which to learn and develop.”

As well as Wellard Village Primary School, construction will soon begin on Baldivis South Primary School, which will open in 2021.

The State Government said it was investing more than $450 million in 2019-20 to build new WA public schools.

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