Page 1901 - Week 06 - Thursday, 9 June 2022

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with additional preschool places. Garran primary will have all new learning areas, specialist learning environments, administration facilities, external learning and play spaces, as well as a new gymnasium, hard courts and green spaces that will be available for use to the wider Woden community. I know that school being close to the busy hospital traffic is a challenge for the Garran community, so improving access and providing additional car parking is a priority.

Whilst working beautifully in its learning village, Narrabundah College has welcomed the government’s commitment of $31.9 million for the continuation of this school’s modernisation project. Narrabundah College’s new principal, Michelle Morthorpe, says:

The exciting part of the College’s modernisation is that it will provide expanded flexible learning opportunities that will cater for a diverse range of students into the future.

The ACT government continues to expand and upgrade the public schools we know and love. We are committed to ensuring that every child can find a place in their local public school and receive a high-quality education that sets them up with the skills for a good life. I am happy to see that our 2019 election commitment of $29.4 million to expand Franklin School is now complete. The expansion of the school now creates an additional 400 places for students in preschool to year 6. I am looking forward to my visit to the school this month and to speaking with the principal, Kate Flynn, who says:

One of the major benefits for our community is that children can now complete their entire primary school journey in the one setting.

I am excited to see how the new design retains the great features of the early childhood school model and aligns with the physical elements of the existing school.

The ACT government continues to invest in expansion and upgrades to our public schools, including Amaroo School and Campbell Primary School, with Gold Creek School’s new development to be completed in the coming months.

The Education Directorate has undertaken enrolment forecasting, in collaboration with the ANU School of Demography. This enrolment forecasting considers demographic trends in the region. Population growth has shown enrolment growth in the inner north region, in particular on the eastern side of Northbourne Avenue. This is expected to continue to increase, and investment in additional permanent primary school capacity is required.

As a result, the Education Directorate will work with local communities at both North Ainslie Primary School and Majura Primary School to undertake master planning and detailed design works for a permanent expansion of both of these schools. The Education Directorate has met with both schools to understand existing infrastructure capacity, space and site constraints to inform the scope of works. Once engaged, the consultants will undertake feasibility studies and develop detailed construction plans and staging plans for the permanent expansion of both these schools. Planning and ongoing work will continue to be informed by regular engagement with Majura, North

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