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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 1083 asked in the Legislative Council on 25 September 2019 by Hon Jacqui Boydell

Minister responding: Hon S.M. Ellery
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 25 September 2019


1083. Hon JACQUI BOYDELL to the Minister for Education and Training:

I refer to the Interm Swimming program run by the Department of Education.

(1) Will Interm Swimming lessons be offered at any public schools in Port Hedland, and could the minister please outline which schools will and will not be participating in the program?

(2) Are there any other regional public schools that do not offer Interm Swimming where a pool is readily accessible to the community; and, if yes, please outline which schools and the reasons for not offering the program?

(3) If no to (1), what is the reason for the lessons not being run, and what plans does the government have to ensure that this issue is rectified as soon as possible?

Hon SUE ELLERY replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

(1) Yes. All public primary schools will participate in the program—that is, Cassia Primary School, Cassia Education Support Centre, Baler Primary School, South Hedland Primary School and Port Hedland Primary School.

(2) Yes. Regional Interm Swimming programs are organised locally by a school or network of schools, which then inform the Department of Education that the program is running. Programs are being delivered at all locations as advised and requested by schools. As Interm Swimming programs are organised locally in regional Western Australia, the department does not keep a central register that matches schools with accessible pools.

(3) Not applicable.