Kindy to be gutted
CARLISLE’S original 1960s kindergarten building will be demolished in coming weeks to make way for more demountable classrooms to house next year’s cohort of Victoria Park Primary School kindergarten and pre-primary students.
Formal approval was granted by Victoria Park Council last week and demolition works could start at the Planet Street site as early as next week, given that it can happen only during a school break.
The ratification provides certainty to parents and staff at the burgeoning Victoria Park Primary but means both early childhood year groups will be away from the main school grounds in 2019 as the school continues to grapple with the pressures of a growing student population.
At Tuesday’s council meeting, councillors agreed there was little option but to support the Department of Education’s application to demolish the old, asbestos-affected building and install two additional demountable classrooms, three sheds and an office.
Deputy Mayor Vicki Potter said it was never an easy decision to demolish a building with historical importance, while Cr Ronhhda Potter asked that photographs be taken ahead of the demolition for the Town’s historical records and that the fairy garden at the site be retained.
“Once this building is gone, it’s gone,” she said.
“Losing this building will be another loss for the community in Carlisle.”
The building was used as a classroom from the 1980s until 2010 and also provided a home to Movies By Burswood and the Lathlain Playgroup in the past decade.
It has since been deemed non-compliant for educational purposes due to the confirmed presence of asbestos and has remained fenced off since the arrival of Victoria Park Primary kindergarten students.
A sinkhole has also opened at the site.