City grab for site
MAYOR WANTS LAND PROTECTED
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.