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Wednesday, 25 September 1974
Page: 1430

Senator Withers asked the Minister representing the Minister for Education, upon notice:

(   1 ) How many places are there in the Weetangera Primary School, in the Australian Capital Territory.

(2)   How many students are presently enrolled at the school.

(3)   When did the number of students at the school first exceed the number of places available.

(4)   When did it become known that population projections concerning the number of pupils who would attend the school exceeded the estimates on which the numbers of places available in the school were made.

(5)   When was action taken to provide additional classroom facilities at the school to provide for the additional students.

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Media) - The Minister for Education has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1)   There are 736 places in the Weetangera Primary School; 480 in the main building and 256 in transportable units.

(2)   In August 1974, there were 601 enrolments at the school. In February 1974 there were 561 enrolments.

(3)   The number of students at the school first exceeded the number of places available at the commencement of the 1974 school year at which time additional accommodation due for availability at the beginning of the 1974 school year had not been completed.

(4)   and (5) In June 1973 it was established that the population of Weetangera/Hawker was growing at a rate in excess of planned provision. Immediate steps were taken to increase the accommodation and a contract was let on 1 1 October 1973, for occupation at the beginning of the 1974 school year.

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