The State Government has been asked to undertake a scoping study to determine the feasibility of establishing a new high school in the Flinders or Shell Cove areas, Member for Shellharbour, Anna Watson, said today.

Ms Watson has placed four Questions on Notice to the Minister for Education, Adrian Piccoli MP seeking information on the current number of enrolled students at each government high school in the Shellharbour electorate and the total capacity of student enrolments at each high school in the electorate.

“There is certainly anecdotal evidence that some of the local high schools in my electorate are close to, or at capacity now.

“I had parents in Flinders and Shell Cove approach me during the election campaign asking whether there were plans afoot to establish another high school in the area.

“If Labor had won the election in March, we would have a scoping study underway.

“Given the Government’s re-election, I have asked the Minister to undertake a scoping study so we can get an evidence-based picture of how student enrolments are tracking and whether our local high schools have the capacity to take on new students.

“The facts are that the Flinders and Shell Cove areas are contributing to the population growth in local schools.

“The same is true of Dapto and West Dapto.

““I hope the Minister will see the good sense in undertaking a study as soon as possible”, Ms Watson said.

The Minister has 35 days to respond to Ms Watson’s questions.


18 June 2015