The McGowan Labor Government will build a new inner city secondary school as part of a plan to transform Subiaco Oval into a vibrant new community precinct.
The new college will be built alongside Subiaco Oval at Kitchener Park and open in 2020 to take significant enrolment pressure off existing inner suburban schools while offering a first class education for local students.
The State Government will allocate $68 million for stage one of the school, to open for Year 7 students in 2020. The college will expand to cater for 2,000 students to Year 12 by 2025.
The Subiaco site is in a more appropriate location than the previous government’s plan to refurbish the old City Beach High School site into a school for 1,600 students. The new location will address the significant population growth in the inner city suburbs and provide the school infrastructure needed where local density will boost enrolments in future years.
The new precinct will be home to the secondary school, new housing and mixed-use developments and the retention of the Subiaco Oval playing fields. The precinct will also include the Princess Margaret Hospital site and nearby Department of Housing land.
Perth Modern School is not part of the new precinct and will remain on its current site on Roberts Road as the State’s only fully selective academic school.
Premier McGowan said, “We’ve listened to the community and developed a new plan that delivers on our key election commitment to provide a new inner city secondary school.
“Education Central was an ambitious project, however given our timeframe constraints to deal with student enrolments and some concerns raised by the community, we have acted decisively in the best interests of all Western Australians. Our new plan to transform the Subiaco Oval site into a community hub will create thousands of jobs and deliver a vibrant neighbourhood on the edge of the CBD.”
The Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority will engage with the City of Subiaco and the local community to transform the precinct, supporting existing local businesses and creating a new vibrant neighbourhood.
As promised, the heritage-listed gates and playing surface of Subiaco Oval will be retained and some existing grandstand space will be offered as part of the ongoing negotiations to accommodate the West Australian Football Commission.
As the original election commitment included a new and expanded Scitech, the State Government will work with Scitech to facilitate its relocation to new state-of-the-art accommodation.