The chair of Cowaramup Primary School’s board has voiced frustration that efforts to lobby for crucial capital works funding have repeatedly fallen on deaf ears. Parent and school board chair Joel Hall said comments made in Parliament earlier this month by Liberal Party leader and Vasse MLA Libby Mettam were a “100 per cent” accurate reflection of the community’s dealings with the State Government so far. Despite an Education Department audit of the school in 2016 finding significant upgrade needs, parents have made little progress securing funds to address those shortfalls. Mr Hall said safety concerns for students as well as dealing with Cowaramup’s growth and rising enrolments needed an urgent fix. The 2016 audit recommended the school’s administration building should be “gutted” and extended, while the early childhood centre and other classes were still using transportables and what Mr Hall called “outdated teaching blocks”. “I was very disappointed to see that Cowaramup Primary School was not afforded any funding for facilities upgrades in this year’s (State) budgets, despite the blatant need, and the upwards communication that we have been doing through local and State politicians,” he said. South West Labor MP Jackie Jarvis was asked to help — she previously pointed to $75,000 for maintenance in 2019 and a $40,000 grant for science equipment in 2021 — but Mr Hall said contact had dropped away since late last year. “There was no funding for South West primary schools in this year’s Budget,” Mr Hall said. “We feel really let down by this, given the communication we have had with government, and the priority of this work.” Previous education minister Sue Ellery failed to address the funding, and in remarks this week, her successor Tony Buti said a new audit would be needed before any decisions could be made. Ms Mettam said the State Government had “completely failed” to address Cowaramup’s urgent needs, “with nothing but bandaid solutions that are completely inadequate given the growth of the school and the health and safety concerns”. “In both the 2017 and 2021 elections, the WA Liberals committed $6 million to address major infrastructure upgrades, including 12 new classrooms,” she said. “In the middle of one of the biggest booms in the State’s history, all we have heard from the WA Labor Government is excuses and platitudes. “It is completely unacceptable. Students deserve to have access to the best possible facilities into the future.” Mr Hall said funding was also needed to deliver arts and craft as well as STEM curriculum.