Government committed to school plans

PLANS: From right, Whyalla Mayor Clare McLaughlin, Mining Minister Dan Van Holst Pellekaan and Liberty Primary Steel Manging Director Jason Schell.
PLANS: From right, Whyalla Mayor Clare McLaughlin, Mining Minister Dan Van Holst Pellekaan and Liberty Primary Steel Manging Director Jason Schell.

The state government have re-affirmed their commitment on putting contingency plans in place for the fate of Whyalla's three current high schools when the new 7-12 school opens in 2022.

Mining Minister Dan Van Holst Pellekaan was in Whyalla on Saturday to announce that steel produced at the local steel mill would be used in the construction of the new $100 million high school.

Asked whether a decision had been made on what would happen to Edward John Eyre High School, Whyalla High School and Stuart High School when the new facility opens, MrVan Holst Pellekaan said the state government had been working closely with the Whyalla City Council to decide 'what would be best for Whyalla'.

"The best future uses for those sites is exactly what we intend to pursue, and we're getting advice from council about what council and Mayor Clare McLaughlin think would be the best next generation uses for the three high schools once they're amalgamated," Mr Van Holst Pellekaan said.

Whyalla Mayor Clare McLaughlin said council had been speaking directly with the state government and Premier Steven Marshall to ensure the school sites are re-purposed.

"The community want to see these sites re-purposed in a positive way, so it's a great announcement from the Minister today that this is a priority for the government," she said.

Ms McLaughlin said ideas for the future of the three sites included a new sporting precinct, real estate options, and a community centre.

"It's absolutely critical that these sites do get re-developed in some way, in the past there have been school sites that have fallen to the wayside and become run-down," she said.

"That's not what you want to happen with our three current sites. It's very reassuring that the state government is listening to our concerns."

Construction of the new school is scheduled to begin in early to mid 2020, with the facility planned to open in 2022.