A Foley Labor Government will invest $44 million to build a new, state-of-the-art high school in the growth area of West Dapto over the next four years – without the need to privatise the electricity network.

Shadow Minister for Education and Shadow Minister for the Illawarra Ryan Park MP made the announcement today.

The Department of Education, Wollongong City Council and land-owners would be consulted on the best possible location for the new high school.

The State Government’s Draft Illawarra Growth and Infrastructure Plan has foreshadowed the need for up to eight potential new primary schools and three potential new high schools in the West Lake Illawarra green fields development area.

Quotes attributable to Shadow Education Minister Ryan Park:

“Labor will invest up to $44 million to deliver a new, state-of-the art high school to cater for the enormous population growth taking place in West Dapto – and we’ll do it without the need to privatise the electricity network.

“Labor is about building the future of education in the Illawarra by investing in modern education facilities, to provide our children with the best possible start in their future of life-long learning, ensuring they have the best possible start at finding stable, productive work.

“Our pledge today is not conditional on the sale of our electricity network, unlike the Liberals.

“Labor recognises that population growth centres like West Dapto need infrastructure planned and delivered in a timely way.

“This investment of $44 million towards a new high school for West Dapto is a start to building the future of education in the West Dapto area.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Shellharbour Anna Watson:

“I am absolutely thrilled to have worked with Ryan Park to ensure Labor will invest in delivering a new high school in this area.

“Ryan grew up in the Dapto area and as a former teacher he knows just how important a good education is.

“Dapto High School is close to capacity and the continuing explosion of population growth at West Dapto makes this pledge of enormous importance to this local community.

“We don’t need to sell-off our electricity network to ensure we educate our children in modern school facilities.”

Quotes attributable to Labor candidate for Kiama, Glenn Kolomeitz:

“I’m delighted by this announcement. This new high school at West Dapto is important to the northern part of the Kiama electorate, which now takes in Marshall Mount.

“The future development of Calderwood and Marshall Mount will mean the primary school children in these areas will have a new, state-of-the-art high school to attend.”