Kalgoorlie to share in $355 million job-creating schools package

Posted on February 25, 2021
  • Kalgoorlie Boulder Community High School will receive $1 million for a STEM classroom
  • Seven primary schools throughout Goldfields to benefit from Primary School Science Program
  • Part of $355 million package to upgrade schools across the State, creating 1,600 WA jobs
  • Every student throughout the Goldfields will have access to STEM education under WA Labor

Students throughout the Goldfields will benefit from a $355 million job-creating schools package that will see every student throughout the region have access to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education.

The commitment will see Boulder Primary School, Kalgoorlie School of the Air, Menzies Community School, Mount Margaret Remote Community School, Norseman District High School, Tjuntjuntjara Remote Community School, and Leonora District High School be eligible for a share of the new $21.1 million primary school science package.

The package will see those schools with more than 100 students that have not received a new science lab in the last four years be eligible to refurbish and convert an existing classroom into a primary science room.

As part of this funding commitment, the primary schools will also have access to $6.8 million worth of science resource grants to enable them to bolster their science education equipment and materials.

The science resources grants will provide the following for primary schools:

  • $5,000 for primary schools with up to 50 students
  • $10,000 for primary schools with up to 100 students
  • $25,000 science resource grant or $40,000 science resource grant for schools with over 100 students that do not have space for a science room.

In exciting news for the Goldfields community, the announcement includes $485,000 for Kambalda West District High School, and $1 million for Kalgoorlie Boulder District High School.

Comments attributed to Deputy Premier Roger Cook:

“The McGowan Labor Government has invested significant resources into schools and education in Kalgoorlie.

“If re-elected in March, we will continue our major investment in WA schools, to deliver a boost to the State’s economy and create around 1,620 jobs for Western Australians. 

“The quality of STEM education in WA schools has, and will continue to be a key priority under WA Labor.

“We want to continue this work to ensure every student in WA has access to a great STEM education, regardless of where they live.”

WA Labor Candidate for Kalgoorlie Ali Kent:

“Investing in quality education is a priority for a re-elected McGowan Labor Government. It’s important that children in the Goldfields have access to quality STEM education, to create a better learning environment for children in WA and to create jobs for the future. 

“This is fantastic news for the future of Kalgoorlie and the Goldfields and will help ensure students are job ready when they graduate.”