Is­lamic col­lege set to grow

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - Jes­sica War­riner

THE Kew­dale cam­pus of the Aus­tralian Is­lamic Col­lege is set to ex­pand to ac­com­mo­date more pri­mary school stu­dents.

The plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion was car­ried eight votes to one at a City of Bel­mont meet­ing on May 23.

A new two-storey class­room will be built to al­low ex­tra pri­mary school classes, sub­ject to a six-me­tre set-back from the lot boundary to Peace Loop.

This was an in­crease on the pre­vi­ous pro­posed set-back of 3.86 me­tres.

A trans­portable class­room, bus wash-down bay and mod­i­fi­ca­tions to park­ing and ve­hi­cle ac­cess were also ap­proved.

Coun­cil­lor Janet Pow­ell said the ap­pli­ca­tion was re­ceived in Septem­ber and a num­ber of peo­ple worked to­gether for a ‘win-win sit­u­a­tion’.

“One by one, we went through it with the Col­lege, the coun­cil and the com­mu­nity, and they’re all happy,” she said.

Seven ob­jec­tions were re­ceived dur­ing the public ad­ver­tis­ing pe­riod, largely due to po­ten­tial traf­fic im­pacts, but the school has ad­dressed the con­cerns through pro­vi­sion of a park­ing man­age­ment plan.

The coun­cil has also re­quested that the school re­vise its master plan within six months of the ap­proval date to show all ex­ist­ing build­ings and the fu­ture de­vel­op­ment of the col­lege over a 10- to 15-year time frame.

Aus­tralian Is­lamic Col­lege.

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