City grab for site


Stirling Times - - Front Page - Laura Pond

THE City of Stir­ling may in­ves­ti­gate ac­quir­ing part of the Dou­ble­view Pri­mary School site ear­marked for the de­vel­op­ment of an in­ter­na­tional school.

Mayor Mark Ir­win pre­sented a no­tice of mo­tion at last Tues­day’s coun­cil meet­ing re­quest­ing the City in­ves­ti­gate ac­quir­ing part of the site for pub­lic open space and to pro­tect trees.

It fol­lowed the coun­cil’s ear­lier de­ci­sion to ob­ject to the pro­posed re­lo­ca­tion of the In­ter­na­tional School of WA (ISWA) to Dou­ble­view in its sub­mis­sion to the Metro North-West De­vel­op­ment As­sess­ment Panel.

His rea­sons for the mo­tion were that ISWA had failed to demon­strate it had taken into ac­count com­mu­nity con­cerns about stu­dent and teacher num­bers, traf­fic man­age­ment, de­creased amenity and pro­tect­ing tree cover.

The mo­tion said there was “no rea­son” ISWA could not re­main in City Beach af­ter a re­ver­sal of the pre­vi­ous State Gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion and Dou­ble­view had one of the low­est pub­lic open space per­cent­ages in the City.

Cr Ir­win va­cated the mayor’s chair to par­tic­i­pate in de­bate about the panel sub­mis­sion, telling the cham­ber his view on the pro­posal had changed over time.

“Com­mu­nity will is against it,” he said.

“Each time it has come back (to coun­cil), they (the ap­pli­cant) have failed to take into ac­count res­i­dents’ con­cerns.”

He be­lieved the loss of trees was a ma­jor is­sue, es­pe­cially given the City aimed to have 18 per cent tree canopy cover by 2030.

Crs El­iz­a­beth Re and Stephanie Proud noted res­i­dents’ over­whelm­ing ob­jec­tion to the pro­posed school, the re­moval of nearly 80 trees that would be re­quired for the de­vel­op­ment, pro­jected in­creased pop­u­la­tion in the area and the site’s pub­lic use zon­ing.

The ap­pli­ca­tion has been twice de­ferred by the panel, in July and De­cem­ber 2017, and is ex­pected to re­turn for con­sid­er­a­tion later this month.

ISWA and Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Sue Ellery were con­tacted for com­ment.

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