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A new security fence will be installed at Shellharbour Public School and a scoping study will be commissioned to establish a possible new high school in the Flinders, if Labor is elected in March, Shadow Minister for Education, Ryan Park MP, announced today.
“The new security fence worth up to $119,000 addresses a call by the Shellharbour Public School Parents and Citizens Association and will stop incidents of vandalism and graffiti to the school’s buildings, other facilities and grounds.
“The funding for the new security fence will be set aside from Labor’s $1.3 billion Building the Schools of the Future policy.
“I am also pleased to announce that Labor will commission a scoping study into the possible establishment of a new high school at Flinders.
“Population growth areas need new school facilities planned to accommodate the education needs of the 21st century.
“Last week, Anna Watson and I announced a new $44 million state-of-the-art modern high school would be built at West Dapto, if Labor is elected in March.
“We also recognise that the Flinders area, with its continuing population growth, may need an additional public high school over the next few years.
“The study will be an important component in planning for new school infrastructure in Shellharbour City”, Mr Park said.
Member for Shellharbour, Anna Watson, said, “I’m thrilled that Ryan Park has made these two announcements today.
“Ryan is a Shadow Minister who really listens to community concerns, and I’m pleased that he could see the need for a security fence at Shellharbour Public School and to commission a study for the future needs of a high school in Flinders.
“I also want to recognise the efforts of the Shellharbour Public School Parents and Citizens Association, who have campaigned long and hard for the need for a security fence to protect the assets of one of the oldest public schools in the Illawarra region.
“The Shellharbour Public School P&C gathered a 1000 signatory petition and have been passionate about the need for this security fence.
“I have raised it with the Minister for Education personally and on the floor of the Parliament.
“The Liberals’ answer was to have the school go through another security management plan.
“That’s not good enough – Labor will deliver a new security fence for Shellharbour Public School”, she said.
Ms Watson said that many parents in the Flinders had raised the need for a new high school in the area.
“The scoping study announce today will give us some guidance on the population catchment which would make up any possible new high school in the Flinders area and I look forward to seeing its findings”, she said.
13 March 2015