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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 405 asked in the Legislative Council on 17 May 2018 by Hon Jacqui Boydell

Minister responding: Hon S.M. Ellery
Parliament: 40 Session: 1
Answered on 17 May 2018


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

I refer to the minister's decision to cut $13.2 million over the forward estimates from the redevelopment of Carnarvon Community College.

(1) Can the minister guarantee that all facets of the college previously funded will be delivered?

(2) If no to (1), which facets of the college redevelopment will not be delivered?

(3) If yes to (1), will the minister outline reasons for the reduction in funding?

Hon SUE ELLERY replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of this question. I make the point that I note I have made public comments to local media in Carnarvon about this. I know that the Minister for Regional Development was asked this question at a budget function, I think the day after the budget, and the answer has been the same.

(1) Stage 1 of the works at Carnarvon Community College, additional primary facilities, were completed in January 2014 at a cost of $8.8 million. Stage 2, finalising the new primary facilities, was completed in December 2017. This included three teaching blocks, administration, a refurbished classroom block, and cafeteria. Stage 2 also included sewerage works that were initially planned for delivery in stage 3. The budget for this stage was $17.6 million. Stage 3, new secondary facilities, is under construction and is due to be completed in April 2019. Stage 3 includes a sports hall, performing arts, science, food technology, and IT and classroom blocks, as well as general refurbishments. The budget for stage 3 is $26.55 million.

(2) Not applicable.

(3) A favourable tender process for the second and third stages of development for Carnarvon Community College meant $12 million from the previous budget allocation was no longer required for the works. There has been no reduction in the scope of works.