School site disappointment
TOWN of Cambridge mayor Keri Shannon expressed disappointment that an alternate site for a new western suburbs high school was not yet identified.
“The Town is very disappointed that the Education Department and the International School of WA have been unable to reach a mutually suitable agreement on the relocation of the International School to an alternate site,” she said.
“The former City Beach high school is a large senior school site that can be relatively easily adapted to cater for the return of local secondary students. It was the Town’s preferred site and we had indicated to the Department we would work with them to develop new access points to the site in order to facilitate better access from Oceanic Drive thereby relieving congestion for local residents.”
Mrs Shannon said expanding Shenton College and Churchlands Senior High School to accommodate an additional 1000 students was a very poor outcome for the parents and students.
“It commits thousands of students to a secondary school education which will be marred with the everyday routine of commuting to and from school, instead of encouraging them to remain active and walk to local school facilities,” she said.
“The centralisation of school resources is incredibly short-sighted; this will further increase the congestion on our roads.
“There should be an outcry from parents in the western suburbs.”