The Goolwa community will have access to a new High School by 2022.
The State Government made the announcement today (Saturday, July 18) at the former Investigator College site in Goolwa.
The government will invest $10 million to refurbish and upgrade the site to improve the school's facilities for the introduction of students at the beginning of 2022.
Agreement was reached for the government to purchase the land and buildings from Investigator College, which is located on the corner of Cadell Street and Glendale Grove.
It is estimated the government High School will attract 400 local students, but this figure will increase due to the anticipated growth in the region.
Education Minister John Gardner, Member for Finniss David Basham, Alexandrina Council Mayor Keith Parkes, Alexandrina Council CEO Glenn Rappensberg, Principals, teachers, families and prospective local students were in attendance at the announcement.
Mr Gardner said the purchase of the Investigator College campus provided a unique opportunity to open a new High School without having to start construction from scratch.
"This will provide a boost for Goolwa. It is fantastic news for local families to access public schooling in their own community," Mr Gardner said.
"Goolwa is the largest town in South Australia not to have a public High School offering and the long overdue establishment of this school will provide relief on the capacity pressures at nearby schools in Victor Harbor, Strathalbyn and Mount Compass."
The facility will form an educational hub for the town, as it will be located near the Goolwa Primary School and Children's Centre.
Member for Finniss David Basham and Alexandrina Council Mayor Keith Parkes and CEO Glenn Rappensberg have been strong advocates for a secondary school in Goolwa.
"This will provide one of the biggest positive impacts for the local community in generations," Mr Basham said.
"This will allow children in Goolwa to grow up and receive their education without leaving the town, which will be appreciated by local families."
Mr Parkes said there were hundreds of local young people heading outside Goolwa every day for their education, sport and eventually work.
"A new High School will encourage young people to stay right here. This is the best news our community has had for as long as I can remember," Mr Parkes said.
"This is a great outcome for Goolwa. This has been needed for many years and thanks to the Minister and the hard work of Member for Finniss David Basham for this to happen."