ACT Education Minister Yvette Berry. Photo: Karleen Minney
The ACT government will spend almost $90 million on education infrastructure over the next four years on projects including upgrades to schools classed as over capacity and a new oval for a proposed north Gungahlin school.
The money, to be announced in the June 6 budget, was foreshadowed by Labor before the 2016 ACT Election.
Education Minister Yvette Berry will on Thursday announce $85 million over four years for refurbished learning and teaching areas at the Woden School, better heating and cooling at Melrose High School, a new front office and school administration area at Malkara School, and capacity and school administration area upgrades at Garran Primary among other projects.
It will mean an extra $5 million per year for capital works upgrades at Canberra schools and is expected to help to solve capacity problems at Aranda Primary.
The announcement came a day after the government revealed it would explore building a new school in east Gungahlin as well as spend $1.97 million on an oval for the proposed Taylor primary school.
That money built on last year's announcement of $20 million to expand Harrison School, Gold Creek School, Neville Bonner Primary and Palmerston District Primary.
Enrolments in Gungahlin's public schools have grown 53 per cent over the past five years. Student numbers at Neville Bonner Primary grew almost 30 per cent in the past year alone.
The oval pledged for the proposed Taylor primary school will be open to the community when the school opens its doors in 2019.
"Our public schools are the hubs of local communities and I am very keen to see our schools and education spaces continue to be used by the surrounding neighbourhood and local groups," Ms Berry said.
Other pre-budget announcements have included a rapid bus service trial for Woden and Belconnen, $10 million over four years for child protective services and a $1 million vocational education package aimed at attracting female tradies and mature aged workers.
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