May 22, 2014
Students at regional boarding schools in WA are set to benefit from a $7.6 million funding boost to residential colleges in Esperance, Merredin and Narrogin.
The state government yesterday announced Merredin residential college would receive $3.9 million for new single bedrooms; Esperance residential college would receive $2.3 million for new individual and shared rooms; and Narrogin residential college would be given $1.4 million for more single bedrooms and to upgrade its recreation facilities.
Narrogin residential college manager Steve Lally said the students would appreciate the upgrades which would modernise the facilities.
“They get the individual rooms… so they have a bit more privacy for themselves, especially for the older students they like to have a bit more privacy as they get older,” he said.
Mr Lally said the college was particularly happy the state government had also provided funds to upgrade the recreation centre.
“The outdoor recreation space – that we’ve been waiting for a little while,” he said.
“We’ve still got the older outdoor area that can be utilised. It just needs replacing, it’s had its end of life.
“So now we need to move on with that and that’s what we’ve got. We will have a lot of very happy parents, staff and students.”
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the investment in residential colleges would help regional families.
“Regional communities reap financial and social benefits when families choose to remain in the area and use local services such as residential colleges,” he said.
“Education and training opportunities are important considerations for people choosing to work and live in regional WA.”