THE State Government has announced that consultation will begin on the promised new Year 7-12 High School in Brighton, with actual construction expected to start next year.
Education and Training Minister Jeremy Rockliff said the high school would meet the growing demand in Brighton and the surrounding district and encourage even more Tasmanian students to complete Years 11 and 12.
“The new $30 million purpose-built school will include state of the art learning areas to cater specifically for Year 11 and 12 students, Mr Rockliff said.
“Brighton is one of the fastest growing areas in Tasmania, and with over 600 students from the Brighton and Southern Midlands areas, Brighton Primary School is one of the largest primary schools in the State.
“The Tasmanian Government has responded to the expanding needs of the local community, and as outlined in our 100 Day Plan, we committed to taking swift action to get the consultation and planning phase underway.
“As the first step, the comprehensive community consultation will help determine an appropriate site for the new school, which is expected to significantly alleviate congestion on Midland Highway by supporting more students to access education in their own area.”
Brighton Mayor Tony Foster commended the Government on its prompt action to fulfil its election promise to build the new high school.
“The Government has listened to the community and is doing so again through the consultation process and already planning to commence construction when this is completed.,” Cr Foster said.
“Education Minister Jeremy Rockliff deserves particular praise as he has been a strong supporter of establishing a high school at Brighton and he is delivering.
“Council is greatly appreciative and I am sure the announcement will be welcomed by the families who want to see these educational opportunities provided in the local area.”
Mr Rockliff said one of the reasons the Year 11 and 12 high school extension program had been such a success was because it was helping to remove barriers such as travel and cost.
“Since its introduction, the retention rate has risen to 73.4 per cent and the Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE) achievement rate is now at 56.4 per cent.
“We understand the importance of continuing this momentum for our next generation of job-ready Tasmanians and we strongly believe our infrastructure should match our ambitious goal to have 75 per cent of students complete their TCE by 2022.
“Our commitment to invest in new school builds, such as we are planning at Brighton, will ensure our students have access to modern facilities with excellent spaces to inspire learning and drive improvements in student achievements,” Mr Rockliff said.
Brighton community members are invited to have their say on the high school project via the website: www.education.tas.gov.au