The Barnett Government has junked another promise to the northern Perth community of Ellenbrook, this time to build it a new high school by 2017.
A month before the March election, Education Minister Peter Collier said the school in Ellenbrook North would be built in time for the 2017 school year, citing rapid population growth in the area.
But this month's State Budget pushed its delivery out to 2018. The delay will heap pressure on the only other public school in the vicinity, Ellenbrook Secondary College, which has grown from 550 students in 2008 to 1369 this year.
Ellenbrook Secondary College principal Bill Mann said yesterday a second school in the area was required to take pressure off his school.
The school planned to add four transportable classrooms next year, but pushing the opening of the new public school back would likely increase the number of temporary classrooms required in the next few years.
"If that (2017 opening) is now not happening, that will present some interesting challenges for Ellenbrook Secondary College," Mr Mann said.
"We are working with Department of Education officers to address our growing concerns. As soon as we know more, we'll be able to inform our community."
Mr Collier confirmed the opening had been "revised" to February 2018, but did not say why. "There is capacity at Ellenbrook Secondary College to provide more accommodation for students as numbers increase," he said.
"I have asked the Department of Education to continue to monitor this."
He said negotiations with developers to acquire land for the new secondary school had begun and the Government planned to finalise the transaction next year.
West Swan Labor MP Rita Saffioti said after abandoning a promise to build a rail line to Ellenbrook as well as a replacement rapid bus service, the Government's contempt for the area was "beyond words"."To be boasting about putting radios in toilets in the new football stadium while delaying the construction of much-needed schools shows this Government has lost its way," she said.