State Govt announces new $17m primary school to be built in southern Baldivis

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Baldivis MLA Reece Whitby at the site of the future Baldivis South Primary School at the end of Nairn Drive.
Camera IconBaldivis MLA Reece Whitby at the site of the future Baldivis South Primary School at the end of Nairn Drive.

Construction of a new $17 million primary school in southern Baldivis will begin in 2019 and is expected to open in time for the 2021 school year.

The school, given the planning name Baldivis South Primary School, will be built on Nairn Drive and accommodate up to 430 students from Kindergarten to Year 6.

The new school will relieve enrolment pressure on nearby Tuart Rise Primary School, which only opened in 2015 is has 759 students.

Plans for the new school include an administration block, library resource centre, staff room, teaching area for kindergarten and pre-primary, two general teaching areas, a general teaching area with an art and craft room, covered assembly area with canteen, a music room, hard courts and an oval for sporting and outdoor activities

Baldivis MLA Reece Whitby welcomed the State Government’s commitment to new schools in Baldivis in response to the suburb’s booming population; a new primary school will be built in North Baldivis near Baldivis Road to open in 2020 and a second government high school - Ridgeview Secondary College - opens in 2019.

“Schools are a boom industry in Baldivis as our community grows and more young couples start families,” he said.

“The McGowan Government is hugely committed to Baldivis as this is the second new primary school announced for Baldivis in just 11 months.

“With Ridgeview Secondary College opening its doors in a few months, we will see a brand new school open in Baldivis every year over the next three years.

“I’m delighted that Baldivis will be getting yet another new primary school to cope with our rapidly growing population.

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

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

“I look forward to watching local kids begin school at the new facility in 2021, which will be an exciting time for our local community.”

The State Government is investing more than $513.6 million in 2018-19 to build new WA public schools and upgrade existing facilities across the State, and Education Minister Sue Ellery said she was “proud to deliver these vitally important facilities”.

“WA’s young families need quality local schools to give our children the best start in life so they can have every opportunity to achieve,” she said.

“Our rapidly growing northern, eastern and southern suburbs need new schools - and we are proud to deliver these vitally important facilities for WA families.

“We are committed to providing children with a high-quality education by providing the latest technology and modern facilities to support their learning.”

Premier Mark McGowan said the new schools would help create new WA jobs through infrastructure, upgrades and maintenance, and would provide a boost to the economy.

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