BRIGHTON Council has welcomed the commitment by Premier Will Hodgman that a re-elected Liberal Government will provide $30 million to establish a new high school at Brighton.
Mayor Tony Foster said this was what he, the Brighton Council and the local community had been working to achieve for many years.
The Liberals’ announcement follows a promise by the Labor Party to investigate the establishment of a Brighton high school in its first year, if elected to government.
Cr Foster said research showed Brighton would be the fastest growing local government area in the State over the next decade and the need for a new high school was paramount.
This has now been recognised by the Liberals and he hoped Labor would upgrade its promised investigation to a firm commitment to build the high school.
“Brighton Primary School, with an enrolment approaching 700, is already one of the largest primary schools in the state, yet on ending grade six virtually every student travels to Glenorchy or Hobart to go to high school,” Cr Foster said.
“Brighton has affordable land and families want to move here. The only thing holding back growth is the lack of a high school offering years seven to 12.
“Brighton Council is a strong believer that improving education outcomes can also play a major role in enhancing social and community outcomes in the municipality.
“The Jordan River Learning Federation (JRLF) caters very well for children in Bridgewater, Gagebrook and Herdsman’s Cove, however the active promotion of the JRLF to Brighton students and families over many years has failed. Each school day, hundreds of extra vehicles travel south taking children to private and government schools outside the municipality.
“The establishment of a high school in Brighton, progressively offering years seven to 12, has been a priority of Brighton Council for many years and will also serve the Southern Midlands and Central Highlands communities.
“There is sufficient land available in Brighton, a potentially large student population and proximity to the Farm School.”
Cr Foster also welcomed the Liberals’ commitment to upgrade the Farm School at Brighton.
“Both are significant investments and will provide much-needed education opportunities for the community, and support the current and anticipated growth of our region.”