Schools get funding

Holly ThompsonManjimup-Bridgetown Times
Schools across the South West have received about $13.6 million in State Government funding.
Camera IconSchools across the South West have received about $13.6 million in State Government funding.

Schools across the South West have received about $13.6 million in State Government funding to help with maintenance.

The funding is part of a $200 million Statewide plan which will create more than 1000 jobs in regional WA and help improve school facilities.

Boyup Brook District High School received $921,250, the highest amount across the Lower South West.

School principal Bernard Beatty said he was excited to have the additional funding.

“It will enable the school to kick start a number of maintenance projects,” he said.

“Our students are very fortunate to have this level of funding to allow for ongoing maintenance issues to be resolved in our school.”

Manjimup Senior High School received $537,076.

School deputy principal Steve Miolin said staff were working out the highest priority maintenance projects.

“One of the first will be to resurface our tennis courts and damaged hard playing surfaces, an issue that we have been trying to address for a number of years,” he said.

“Other works such as painting, safety glass around our corridors and verandas and repairs to infrastructure will be prioritised and addressed.”

Mr Miolin said from time to time the government had provided extra resources to address building maintenance issues, but the size of this grant was significant and a real bonus for students and families in the Warren Blackwood region.

Pemberton District High School received $277,998 and school principal Lee Illingworth said the students would benefit significantly from the planned improvements.

“We welcome the funding as it will allow us to bring forward plans for an overall rejuvenation of our learning spaces, including purchasing new floor coverings, painting walls and installing window treatments across the school,” she said.

“We are in the process of establishing a whole-school sustainability initiative so the funding will allow us to invest in upgrading our solar infrastructure, which is very exciting.”

South West MLC Adele Farina said she was pleased to see schools in the Warren-Blackwood area receive $4.3 million and South West public schools provided with the funds to complete high priority maintenance.

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