Old school build­ings to go

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Tom Zaun­mayr

The old Kar­ratha Se­nior High School build­ings are set for the scrap heap, more than two years af­ter clos­ing to move to their cur­rent site near the Leisure­plex.

The ten­der for de­mo­li­tion of the build­ings built be­tween 1969 and 1987 closed to­day, with work ex­pected to be com­pleted by Septem­ber.

Ten­der doc­u­ments in­di­cate the de­mo­li­tion could take about 20 weeks, af­ter which time the site will be handed over to Land­Corp for po­ten­tial res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment.

Kar­ratha Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Stu­art Otto said he had five chil­dren go to school at the old premises, all of whom were now lead­ing suc­cess­ful lives.

Mr Otto said de­spite his long as­so­ci­a­tion with the school, it would not be too sad to see the build­ings go. “With de­vel­op­ment in Kar­ratha as a whole, (the de­mo­li­tion) lends to the fact it has passed its use-by date,” he said.

“There’s op­por­tu­nity maybe for a Men’s Shed to be used there un­til such time as one is built at Millars Well pav­il­ion.

“It served its pur­pose and (my kids) all ben­e­fited from the education they re­ceived there.”

Mr Otto said her­itage list­ing the build­ings would not have been a wise move as it would lead to di­lap­i­dated build­ings with no use and no fund­ing.

A Depart­ment of Education spokes­woman said iso­lat­ing the ad­ja­cent pri­mary school from works was a sig­nif­i­cant com­po­nent of plan­ning and con­trac­tual obli­ga­tions.

“A range of mea­sures will be put in place to en­sure this,” she said.

“Th­ese in­clude en­sur­ing that works likely to im­pact on the ad­ja­cent site will be con­ducted out of school hours and dur­ing school hol­i­days.

“In ad­di­tion, air mon­i­tor­ing will be con­ducted to con­firm that air­borne dust and fi­bres meet the ap­pro­pri­ate safety stan­dards.”

The spokes­woman said the con­tract was ex­pected to be awarded in early April and works were es­ti­mated to be­gin in May.

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