School plan con­cerns

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - Aaron Cor­lett

RES­I­DENTS on Teague Street in Vic­to­ria Park are con­cerned with the lack of con­sul­ta­tion from Ur­sula Frayne Catholic Col­lege af­ter the school de­mol­ished three properties.

RES­I­DENTS on Teague Street in Vic­to­ria Park are con­cerned with the lack of con­sul­ta­tion from Ur­sula Frayne Catholic Col­lege af­ter the school de­mol­ished three properties.

Teague Street res­i­dents Rowena and Kim Hol­land con­tacted the South­ern Gazette af­ter the houses at num­ber 20, 28 and 30 were de­mol­ished in the past three months.

The school has since re­vealed that it plans to turn the va­cant blocks into “green spa­ces.”

“They haven’t con­tacted any of the res­i­dents about de­mol­ish­ing the properties or about their fu­ture plans; we don’t know any­thing and when we con­tacted the coun­cil, they didn’t know as well,” Mrs Hol­land said.

“They’ve re­moved jacaran­das, conifers and other trees, but if they are go­ing to cre­ate gar­dens then why did they need to do that?”

She said she ques­tioned whether the properties were de­mol­ished be­cause of the Town of Vic­to­ria Park’s pro­posed Amend­ment 73, which aims to cre­ate a spe­cial con­trol area around large parts of Vic­to­ria Park, where res­i­dents will need de­vel­op­ment ap­provals to de­mol­ish ‘orig­i­nal dwellings’.

“The three properties were all pre-1945, with num­ber 28 be­ing of Fed­er­a­tion style and the two oth­ers be­ing work­ers cot­tages,” Mrs Hol­land said.

In a state­ment, school prin­ci­pal Ge­off Mills said “over the past 15 years Ur­sula Frayne Catholic Col­lege has been ac­quir­ing properties ad­ja­cent to the Dun­can Street cam­pus with the in­ten­tion to cre­ate new op­por­tu­ni­ties as the needs of the Col­lege evolve”.

“Re­cently you may have no­ticed va­cant spa­ces on Teague Street.

“The Col­lege is now in a po­si­tion to con­sider the best util­i­sa­tion of these in pro­mot­ing stu­dent and com­mu­nity well­be­ing.

“The fo­cus of the Col­lege is on cre­at­ing green spa­ces, such as re­cre­ational, sen­sory and re­flec­tive gar­dens with the aim of broad­en­ing the tree canopy and pro­vid­ing cor­ri­dors of green within the Town of Vic­to­ria Park.”

Town of Vic­to­ria Park chief ex­ec­u­tive An­thony Vuleta said the school had not con­sulted with the coun­cil about its plans.

“The school’s re­sponse to date has been that the school board has not de­cided what the use of the properties will be; it is our in­ten­tion to meet the school to dis­cuss its fu­ture di­rec­tions,” he said.

Ur­sula Frayne Catholic Col­lege.

The cleared block in Teague Street.

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