A re-elected Labor government would start planning for a school in the new West Belconnen residential precinct of Ginninderry in addition to building a P-10 school in Molonglo, increasing capacity at Gold Creek senior school and Franklin early childhood school and accelerating feasibility and design work for a new school in Gungahlin.
Ginninderry, a joint venture between the Land Development Agency and Riverview Developments, will consist of four suburbs – three in the ACT and one in NSW (subject to rezoning approval), with the first of these being Strathnairn and Macnamara. Up to 11,500 new homes in the precinct will accommodate as many as 30,000 people. The first land sales will commence early next year.
Across town, the new P-10 School in Molonglo would be delivered in two stages: P-6 (2020) then 7-10 (2022).
Labor says it would also commission a ‘Future of Education’ discussion paper on meeting the needs of Canberra’s future students, mirroring a similar undertaking by the Victorian government. The paper would look at real-time incorporation of technology in improving student performance and how factors such as teaching methods, demographics, abilities and influences can impact on students and their academic results.
A Labor government would commission a project to investigate the effectiveness of alternative teaching methods in ACT Schools too, employing a project officer to co-ordinate the program in up to four trial schools. The findings of this project would inform the outcome of the Future of Education discussion paper.
It would also look to improve university admission processes as well as graduate outcomes post-university for teaching students, as a continuation of the previously established Teacher Quality Institute.
The Canberra Liberals announced on September 8 that they would provide land for a new Catholic school in Molonglo if elected.
Earlier in the year, they committed to an $85 million package including $60 million for new infrastructure and capital upgrades for schools, $17.5 million for kids with special needs in non-government schools and $7.5 million for special schools.
Labor announced a similar package on Friday.
Pictured are plans for a multi-purpose community centre already under development in Ginninderry.