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Re-elected McGowan Labor Government will provide Better Beginnings for WA’s kids

Posted on March 4, 2021
  • WA Labor will invest $14.5 million into giving Western Australian children a great start
  • The award winning Better Beginnings program will be expanded to the Kimberley and Pilbara, giving children in remote communities access to increased literacy and early learning
  • A new statewide Creative Schools WA program will be funded for $2 million per year
  • Commitments come in addition to the $659.4 million worth of education related initiatives by WA Labor

A re-elected McGowan Labor Government will invest $14.5 million into giving Western Australian kids a great start, with funding for the expansion of the State Library’s award-winning Better Beginnings program to the Kimberley and Pilbara, the creation of a new program to help students learn creatively, and funding certainty for multicultural students and their families.

The commitment comes on top of WA Labor’s massive investment in education-related initiatives, including the funding of 4000 VET places for secondary students, the public primary school science program, renewable technologies in schools, and funding for more school psychological support at schools. STEM infrastructure, and general major school infrastructure program, and minor school works across the state are also included in the $659.4 million worth of commitments.

Announcing the expansion of the Better Beginnings program in Albany today, Premier Mark McGowan said a new competitive grants program would also be established for public libraries and community groups throughout the State to deliver literacy based activities.

The grants program will be managed by the State Library of Western Australia and will aim to get more kids off to a great start and connect families with reading.

A new statewide Creative Schools WA program will be funded for $2 million per year and connect teachers with artists such as dancers, painters, musicians, media or film specialists of writers to help children learn through creative ways. The program is expected to help address low attendance rates, provide positive social and health outcomes for students and school communities, especially in outer-metro, regional and remote areas, while promoting creativity and critical thinking.

WA Labor will also provide funding certainty to the Multicultural Community Service in Thornlie and Koondoola, which provides culturally appropriate and holistic services to support refugee students and their families with complex health, settlement and social-emotional needs. The Centre uses schools as a hub through which to deliver its services.

Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:

“Every parent wants to give their child the best start in life. If re-elected in March, WA Labor will invest $14.5 million into programs that give Western Australian children a head start in literacy and early learning.

“WA Labor will expand the internationally renowned literacy program to the Kimberley and Pilbara, ensuring families in remote areas can access developmentally appropriate books and resources.

“The statewide Creative Schools WA program will be a fantastic initiative that will help children learn in a creative manner, promoting creativity and critical thinking.

“These important initiatives come on top of the $659.4 million worth of education related commitments made by WA Labor.

“These initiatives are all part of my Government’s plan to keep Western Australia strong.”

Comments attributed to WA Labor Candidate for Albany Rebecca Stephens:

“As a teacher I know that education is the foundation for a successful future.

“These initiatives will help give local children the best start by prioritising literacy and creativity.

“A re-elected McGowan Labor Government will also invest $7.5 million to build new English and maths blocks at Albany Senior High School, $1.5 million for a new STEM classroom at North Albany Senior High School, and $1 million for a repurposed STEM classroom at Albany Senior High School.

“Other commitments include $16.6 million to rebuild Lockyer Primary School, $6.3 million for a performing arts centre at Albany Senior High School, and $1.1 million for upgrades to North Albany Senior High School.

“All these initiatives will build on the significant investment into education and training in the region over the past four years, including $17 million for new trade workshops at South Regional TAFE’s Albany campus and the $34 million investment in public schools in the region.”