Old school buildings to go
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.