681. Hon JACQUI BOYDELL to the Minister for Education and
I indicate that I will ask one
question on behalf of Hon Colin Holt, who is absent on urgent parliamentary
I refer to schools in Karratha.
(1) Are there any plans to build
the next phase of the following schools in the next three years —
(a) Baynton West Primary School; and
(b) Karratha Senior High School?
(2) Does the government intend to
attempt to attract any new private schools to invest in Karratha?
(3) Is there any appetite within the government to
merge Millars Well Primary School and Peg's Creek Primary
School, and build a new campus to accommodate primary school students?
(4) Does the
government have any plans to invest in a much-needed second high school for the
town; and, if not, why not?
I thank the honourable member for
some notice of the question.
Further development at Karratha Senior High
School and Baynton West Primary School is subject to the budget process.
establishment of a non-government school in Karratha is a decision for the
non-government sector. Applications to establish a new non-government school
must be made to me, as Minister for Education and
Training, to make an advance determination. Any application to establish a new
non-government school in Karratha will be given due consideration
through the advance determination process.
(3)–(4) The Department of Education actively monitors
enrolment growth, population growth, the accommodation capacity of
schools and residential development to determine whether schools are coming
under pressure and require an enrolment-relieving strategy.