State Labor MPs have defended the call for a further audit of Cowaramup Primary School before any funding fix can be offered. With the school board agitating for money to address widespread shortfalls identified in an Education Department audit back in 2016, board chair Joel Hall said this week he was ready to make Labor’s failure an election issue. As well as lamenting the lack of solutions, Mr Hall said communication with MPs including South West Labor MLC Jackie Jarvis and Education Minister Tony Buti had led to nothing. “I have contacted minister Buti’s office a couple of times in the past six months and have not received any response to any of my inquiries,” Mr Hall said. “I met with minister Jarvis in December last year on the school grounds with (then principal) Peter House to discuss these issues. “Minister Jarvis assured us that she was working with government to see what could be done, but did not commit to anything. “I have not received any work directly from minister Jarvis after follow up emails, and have only one response from her office saying that the issue was not in her hands.” Dr Buti and Mrs Jarvis said they were committed to providing “modern education facilities” to help all WA students. “I am always prepared to advocate for schools in fast-growing communities across the South West and my door’s always open to them,” Mrs Jarvis said. But the Margaret River-based Upper House member said the State Government was dealing with a raft of schools older than 50 years — almost half the schools in WA. “Ageing infrastructure is an ongoing challenge for any government and requires a concerted effort over time to progressively address,” she said. “I know the Education Department is closely monitoring growth across the region and the impact on enrolments and school facilities. “The department is undertaking a Statewide Building Condition Assessment Program, which includes an assessment of infrastructure needs at Cowaramup Primary, due to occur later this year,” Mrs Jarvis said. “Education Minister Tony Buti is awaiting the outcome in considering priorities for investment across our public schools.” Dr Buti did not respond to questions about why the new Cowaramup audit was needed given the 2016 report findings nor claims no South West primary schools were included in the most recent State Budget. “This (new) process will determine the priorities for asset replacement and future upgrades and redevelopment at schools, like Cowaramup Primary School,” he said. “The Department of Education is monitoring the residential growth occurring in the Augusta-Margaret River region, and the impact on student enrolments and school accommodation capacities.” Mrs Jarvis said $605,000 was allocated to Cowaramup Primary School for maintenance since 2017.