ACT Election Announcements

Hundreds of jobs to be created through new and expanded schools in Canberra’s south

September 23, 2020

  • $33 million upgrade and expansion of Narrabundah College
  • Consultation, planning and construction for new and expanded schools in Woden and Molonglo

Families in the growing regions of Canberra’s Inner South and the Woden Valley will continue to have access to great local schools, with a re-elected ACT Labor Government creating and protecting around 1,200 jobs through a program of new and expanded schools.

An experienced Government doesn’t just talk about increased revenue from a growing city.

An experienced Government plans ahead by delivering new and expanded schools alongside more suburban health infrastructure and more public transport infrastructure.

ACT Labor Leader Andrew Barr said that Labor’s program of new and expanded schools across Canberra will cater for the 400 teachers and support staff we will hire over the next four years.

“Our plan to build new schools and renew the schools will also support local jobs,” Andrew Barr said.

“Our city is facing a huge economic challenge, and creating jobs is our number one priority. We have a comprehensive plan to grow our employment base to more than 250,000 local jobs by 2025.”

Under a re-elected ACT Labor, the $33 million stage one renewal of Narrabundah College will commence in the next term of Government.

This will include upgrading old buildings and replacing the temporary transportable classrooms with permanent modern and energy efficient classrooms.

ACT Labor spokesperson for Education Yvette Berry said that a re-elected Labor Government will also commence consultation and planning for new and expanded schools in the Woden Valley.

“With Woden’s population growing, ACT Labor will ensure that new families moving to Woden will have access to great local public schools,” Yvette Berry said.

“As we have done in Government, our new schools will be carbon emissions free – contributing to our zero net emissions target by 2045.”

“Already, work is underway on the new primary school in the Molonglo Valley that will cater for over 600 students in this growing region, as well as a new high school. These investments create and protect jobs, at a time when it’s needed most.”

In these uncertain times, ACT Labor has the right plan to support Canberra and protect local jobs.