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Published on Feb 01, 2022

One thing every child in South Australia should get access to is a good education. On the Fleurieu Peninsula, we are lucky to have some fantastic places to support learning and growth for our children. Having access to local world-class education opportunities is important to me which is why I’ve advocated for the delivery of more than $30 million of key investment in this area including:

  • Victor Harbor R-7 Facility Upgrade $5 Million
  • Mt Compass Facility Upgrade and STEM build $14.6 Million
  • Victor Harbor High Facility Upgrade $2.5 Million
  • Goolwa Secondary College Creation $10 Million

While I didn’t love school to begin with, I was introduced to lifelong learning and an inquisitive mind, which helped me be successful at work. The turning point for me was finding a book on shipwrecks that captured my attention, I was engaged by personal interest and in that space – learned how to learn. Importantly the community, our farm and my environment were also my classrooms, a value that is driving the New Goolwa Secondary College direction with principal, Rebecca Moore leading the way. The fresh new spaces and staff team of Goolwa Secondary college will open to 120 local year 7 & 8 students for the first time next week, utilising the former Investigator College site. I am proud to have fought for this project from concept to completion.

It was a pleasure to visit Mount Compass late last year, reminisce about my school days there and realise in the new facilities I would quickly lose my way. Mount Compass Facility is accessible, vibrant, and functional with new administration, resource, home economics, technology, art, general learning, and amenities areas. A purpose-built STEM facility was built adjacent to the Trade training Centre with street frontage. Direct teaching, traditional learning and collaborative learning are all catered for in a fresh environment.

Our government is committed to education with record public school investment as well as key reforms which extend beyond funding for new infrastructure as we move year 7 to high school this year. A successful pilot program evidenced that brains of early adolescents are changing and the switch will mean they are far better off in long term.

We are also investing more than $50 million towards an Early Learning Strategy as well as more than $150 million for hundreds of extra teachers in 2022 to make sure we continue to improve educational outcomes.

All the very best to students and families for a successful learning year ahead.

- Hon. David Basham MP, Member for Finniss

Education Counts