Fence di­vides sub­urb

Pinjarra Murray Times - - NEWS -

RES­I­DENTS in Seas­capes liv­ing op­po­site the green and leafy grounds of Liv­ing Waters Lutheran Col­lege, now the Halls Head cam­pus of Fred­er­ick Ir­win Anglican School, are up­set a high fence may soon be built around the school for se­cu­rity rea­sons.

More im­por­tantly, they are con­cerned the school nei­ther con­sulted nor com­mu­ni­cated with them about the fence they feel will spoil the area.

Res­i­dent Les­ley King said Seas­capes had a vil­lage com­mu­nity feel with neigh­bours who looked after each other and it was dis­tress­ing to feel Fred­er­ick Ir­win did not care about the peo­ple who lived around the school.

“It’s not so much the fence, it’s the lo­ca­tion and the fact the school made no at­tempt to get to know us and share their plans for the school with us,’’ Mrs King said.

“It just seems that Fred­er­ick Ir­win can come into our neigh­bour­hood and change things, po­ten­tially not for the bet­ter, and no­body cares.

“The school clearly needs se­cu­rity but why for­tify it with a high perime­ter fence when there are al­ter­na­tives?

“Why don’t they share their vi­sions with us and we can share our con­cerns with them?”

A school spokesman said the school could not com­ment un­til the start of the new term.

In a let­ter to one of the res­i­dents, school prin­ci­pal Kerry Robert­son said the fence was con­sis­tent with the type in­stalled across Anglican Schools Com­mis­sion schools.

The fence was for the safety of stu­dents as well as pro­tec­tion of the prop­erty.

“With no school bound­aries shared with neigh­bours, it is not a mat­ter about which Fred­er­ick Ir­win Anglican School nor the ASC con­sult,’’ she said in the let­ter. “The fence will be fully com­pli­ant with all reg­u­la­tions.”

Les­ley King (sec­ond from the right) and some of the un­happy res­i­dents.

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