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Tuesday, 23 November 1965

Mr J R Fraser ser asked the Minister for the Interior, upon notice -

1.   How many public infants and primary schools in Canberra are currently experiencing difficulty from overcrowding due to enrolments in excess of classroom accommodation?

2.   What are the names of these schools?

3.   Will he state, in respect of each of these schools, either the extent of the overcrowding or the deficiency in classroom space?

4.   Will he .also state, in respect of each school, what action is being taken, or is planned or projected, to overcome classroom shortage?

5.   Where action to overcome the shortage is not already in hand, when will action be taken?

Mr Anthony - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows - 1, 2 and 3. Teaching rooms such as general purpose rooms, sewing rooms and manual arts rooms, which are not normally provided in primary and infants' schools elsewhere, are provided in Canberra schools. It has always been expected that these would be used as classrooms to meet pressures due to additional enrolments until extra classrooms could be provided. Such rooms have been or are being used for this purpose in the majority of primary schools in Canberra. At three schools - Hackett, Forrest and Yarralumla - two classes are accommodated in the general purpose rooms which have been partitioned off for the purpose.

4.   The areas from which children are enrolled at North Ainslie and Ainslie schools and Lyneham and Turner schools have been re-arranged. Additional classrooms at present under construction at Forrest, Red Hill, and Yarralumla and a new Infants' Department at Hackett will be available at the beginning of 1966. Four temporary classrooms will be available at South Curtin before the end of the current school year and four permanent classrooms will be . available at the beginning of the 1966 school year. Three more permanent classrooms will be available in March. Four classrooms will be available at Lyons in April and tenders have been called for a primary school at North Curtin.

5.   Plans are being prepared for additions to Watson and Narrabundah schools and for new schools at Garran and Chifley.

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