The state government of Western Australia and EduWest have signed the contract to develop 8 new schools through a PPP model.
EduWest, comprised of Macquarie Capital Group Limited, Badge Constructions WA Pty Ltd, Perkins WA Pty Ltd and Spotless Facility Services Pty Ltd, will finance, design and build eight public schools and then maintain them for up to 31 years.
The project involves the development of four public primary schools and four public secondary schools. The 4 new primary schools will be built in Landsdale East, Alkimos South West, Baldivis North and Byford South West and the new secondary schools are in Ellenbrook North, Lakelands, Hammond Park and Harrisdale.
The total project investment is estimated at A$370 million (US$266.8 million).
Treasurer Mike Nahan said the State Government would start paying EduWest under the contract only when each school was operational. Dr Nahan stated:
"Successful negotiations for this contract have confirmed that the cost of the project is $100 million less than the State's Public Sector Comparator (PSC). This contract ensures the best value for the taxpayers of Western Australia, while also creating 2,700 jobs, delivering important benefits for the State's economy."
Education Minister Peter Collier said the design of each Public Private Partnership school would be similar to other new public schools, with customised colour, design and landscaping to suit the sites. Mr Collier commented:
"The schools will also be based on ecologically sustainable design principles, with a particular emphasis on reducing energy consumption. The Public Private Partnership is about delivering high quality schools for Western Australian students, while assisting the State to contain costs and ensure that infrastructure meets needs."