Budget allocates $47 million for new school in Molonglo

Ian Bushnell 25 May 2018

An aerial photograph taken in July last year of the Denman Prospect development. Photo: Supplied.

The upcoming ACT Budget will earmark $47 million to build a new P-6 primary school in Denman Prospect in the expanding Molonglo Valley, to open in 2021.

The new school will cater for 600 kindergarten to Year 6 students and 44 full-time equivalent preschool students, with space for future growth.

Minister for Education and Early Childhood Development Yvette Berry said the new school would feature high-quality learning environments, incorporating both indoor and outdoor learning areas, as well as integrated spaces to support students with specialised needs.

Denman Prospect, being developed by the Capital Airport Group, is expected to eventually comprise 4500 dwellings, with construction of stage two due to be completed by 2023.

The Government will also undertake early planning and feasibility work for a future Years 7-10 campus that will come on line as Molonglo grows.

The 2018 Budget, to be handed down on June 5, will also allocate $18.8 million to replace buildings at Campbell Primary School with new, modern learning facilities and upgrade aging infrastructure.

It will also fund a start to the promised expansion of Franklin Early Childhood School, including transportable buildings so current Year 2 students can stay on for a new 2019 Year 3 class and beyond, and planning and consultation on its permanent expansion to a full preschool to Year 6 school.

Further schools funding for other growth areas will be announced on Budget day.

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