Site plans nar­row­ing

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By SO­PHIE GABRIELLE

FOUR po­ten­tial sites for the new City Beach High School are ex­pected to be whit­tled down this month.

At its Novem­ber 24 meet­ing, the Town of Cam­bridge coun­cil ap­proved a re­port on the four sites and ad­vised that it would un­der­take its own com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion in early 2016.

The four sites in­clude the old Sky­line drive-in site and ad­join­ing for­mer City Beach High School site, Fred Bur­ton Park, Tem­ple­to­nia Park, and the cor­ner of Rochdale and Wol­las­ton roads.

Cam­bridge de­vel­op­ment and sus­tain­abil­ity di­rec­tor Ian Bignell said there had not been much new in­for­ma­tion on the depart­ment’s plans.

“I’m hop­ing to ad­vise by Christ­mas whether they (the Ed­u­ca­tion Depart­ment) are in a po­si­tion to elim­i­nate any sites,” Mr Bignell said.

Ac­cord­ing to a coun­cil re­port, the for­mer high school site is the Ed­u­ca­tion Depart­ment’s pre­ferred op­tion be­cause they al­ready own the land, which is zoned for ed­u­ca­tion.

How­ever, to ex­cise the ad­join­ing drive-in site from Bold Park, the depart­ment would need to un­der­take a ma­jor Met­ro­pol­i­tan Re­gion Scheme (MRS) amend­ment, as well as a par­lia­men­tary amend­ment to re­zone the site from a Class A re­serve.

The depart­ment would have to ne­go­ti­ate with the In­ter­na­tional School of WA and the Ja­panese School to end their leases.

The school would ac­com­mo­date about 2000 years 7 to 12 stu­dents and is ex­pected to be open for the 2019 school year.

Coun­cil had a brief­ing by the depart­ment on Novem­ber 10, when they in­di­cated they would ex­clude the non­pre­ferred sites by De­cem­ber, and then un­der­take de­tailed as­sess­ments and cost­ing.

Stephanie Clegg, from Friends of Bold Park Bush­land, asked the coun­cil whether the en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pacts of the new school would be ad­dressed.

“What will be the source of this info?” Ms Clegg asked.

“Has coun­cil been in con­tact with the botan­i­cal so­ci­ety about the im­pact the pro­posed school would have?”

The Botanic Gar­dens and Parks Author­ity’s long-term goal was to re­store the old drive-in site.

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