A new government high school will open in Goolwa in 2022, providing a welcome option for local families to access public secondary education.
The Marshall Liberal Government will invest up to $10 million to refurbish and upgrade the site, to improve the school’s facilities in readiness to welcome its first students at the beginning of 2022.
It is estimated that the school will attract around 400 local students, though that figure may increase with anticipated growth in the area.
The Government has reached an agreement with Investigator College to purchase the land and buildings at its former Goolwa campus, located on the corner of Cadell Street and Glendale Grove in Goolwa.
Education Minister John Gardner said the announcement will provide a major boost for Goolwa that will be welcomed by the local community.
“This is fantastic news for local families to access public secondary schooling in their own community,” said Minister Gardner.
“Purchasing the former Investigator College campus has provided a unique opportunity to open a new high school without having to start construction from scratch.
“We are creating a facility that will form part of an educational hub for the town, located near Goolwa Primary School and Children’s Centre, delivering a community asset that will support the area as it grows in the coming years.
“Goolwa is the largest town in South Australia not to have a public high school offering, and the long overdue establishment of this school will provide some relief on the capacity pressures at nearby schools in Victor Harbor, Strathalbyn and Mount Compass.
“This is an investment into the region that has had the ongoing support of the local member David Basham, as well the Alexandrina Council, who have been strong advocates for the establishment of this school for quite some time.
“This now means that we will be opening four new government schools in 2022, with brand new school builds on track in Aldinga, Angle Vale and Whyalla.”
Member for Finniss David Basham said the announcement was significant for the community.
“The establishment of this new school is a huge announcement for Goolwa and will provide one of the biggest positive impacts for the local community in generations,” said Mr Basham.
“This will allow children in Goolwa to grow up and receive their education without leaving the town, which is an opportunity I am sure will be welcomed by local families.”
Mayor of Alexandrina Council Keith Parkes said a new high school was a great outcome for the town.
“This is best news our community has had for as long as I can remember,” said Mayor Parkes.
“Right now, there are hundreds of local young people heading outside of Goolwa every day for their education, sport and eventually for work, but a new local high school will encourage young people to stay right here.
“This is a great outcome for Goolwa that has been needed for many years, and it is thanks to the Minister and the hard work of local MP David Basham that this has been able to happen.”
For more on the Marshall Government’s $1.3 billion education capital works program, visit the Department for Education website.