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post Aug 29 2007, 06:33 PM
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Premier Alan Carpenter officially opened a $29.8million secondary college and a new community library and performing arts centre in Ellenbrook, Perth today.

Mr Carpenter said the new facilities were an outstanding example of what could be done when a community worked together to achieve a vision.

“The Department of Education and Training, the City of Swan, LWP Property Group and T&Z Architects worked together with the local community to create this exciting urban education precinct,” Mr Carpenter said.

“It features three general learning areas, administration and student service areas, a cafe, a specialist technology and enterprise centre as well as the community library and performing arts centre.”

Swan Hills MLA Jaye Radisich said the college, which was located in the town centre, was a state-of-the-art facility with the latest in computer technology.

“Students will benefit from features like fibre optic cabling and a wireless network throughout the classrooms,” Ms Radisich said.

“The wider community will benefit from the use of the performing arts centre and community library through a partnership with the City of Swan.”

Ellenbrook Secondary College, which was built by Cooper and Oxley Builders Pty Ltd, opened earlier this year with 300 students from years seven to 10.

It is expected that 400 students will be enrolled at the College for the start of the next school year.

The State Government contributed $25.1million towards the project, with the City of Swan contributing $4.7million towards the performing arts centre and community library.

Mr Carpenter said he was using Western Australia’s strong economy to provide better education facilities across the Western Australia and was spending more on education than any other State Government.

“At the last election we promised to build 39 new schools worth $400million, spend $300million to upgrade existing schools and spend another $300million for school maintenance work.

“We have already built, planned or announced 41 new schools – 30 primary schools and 11 new secondary schools.”

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