Labor pledges new Yanchep primary school

Labor will build a new Yanchep Primary School on the existing site, according to Butler MLA John Quigley. Picture: Anita McInnes

WA Labor has promised to spend $15 million to replace the existing Yanchep Primary School if it wins power at the State Election on March 11.

Butler MLA John Quigley said Yanchep Primary School had been neglected by the Barnett Liberal Government and he had been calling for a new primary school for years now.

“A McGowan Labor Government will fund the complete replacement of Yanchep Primary School, delivering a modern, state-of-the-art facility for students and teachers.

“The new primary school at Yanchep will be built following the completion of the new high school.

“We will not let primary school students be left behind in 40 year old school buildings with many not fit for purpose.”

WA Labor’s Investing in our Schools document said building of the new Yanchep Primary School would start in 2019-20.

On Tuesday, January 31 Opposition Leader Mark McGowan also said if elected Labor would invest $5 million at Wanneroo Secondary College for a sports centre and a drama theatre.

He said Labor would spend $4m for a new gymnasium at the college and $1m to refurbish the current gymnasium into a drama theatre.

“Wanneroo Secondary College is a specialist Performing Arts school and does not have a suitable theatre to cope with the performance program of the school,’’ he said.

Labor candidate for Wanneroo Sabine Winton, who was president of the school council and head girl in 1982, said the school was an innovative, state of the art school when it opened.

“Our commitment will allow the Wanneroo Secondary College’s performing arts program and sports facilities to reach its full potential,’’ she said.

“Wanneroo Secondary College is perfectly situated to become a sporting hub for our vibrant community, for primary and secondary students as well as the wider Wanneroo community.”

Mr McGowan said the announcements showed Labor’s commitment to ensuring all Western Australian children received a quality education, no matter where they lived.