Doubt over plan for new school

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By JU­LIAN WRIGHT

FOR­MER Town of Cam­bridge mayor Si­mon Withers has called the State Gov­ern­ment’s han­dling of a new school in the west­ern sub­urbs as an “enor­mous blun­der”.

Since an­nounc­ing in Oc­to­ber last year a new City Beach High School with a ca­pac­ity of 2000 stu­dents for years 7 to 12 would be opened in 2019, Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Peter Col­lier has re­mained tight-lipped about fur­ther de­tails.

He told the West­ern Sub­urbs Weekly an an­nounce­ment would be made “well be­fore the elec­tion” but Mr Withers does not have much con­fi­dence.

“In my view they will never make it by 2019 and I am scep­ti­cal about 2020,” he said.

“This has been an enor­mous blun­der; ev­ery­one in the lo­cal com­mu­nity has been watch­ing the num­bers grow at the feeder pri­mary schools un­til they are burst­ing at the seams but this trend seems to have es­caped the Gov­ern­ment.”

Church­lands Se­nior High School has more than 40 de­mount­a­bles to hold the over­flow of ex­tra stu­dents.

Cam­bridge Mayor Keri Shan­non said the Town was con­sid­er­ing host­ing fo­rums with lo­cal P&C groups over the con­cern of over­crowd­ing.

“There is a lack of cer­tainty for par­ents,” she said.

We Need a High School ac­tion group or­gan­iser James Fuller said the group would con­tinue to put pres­sure on the Gov­ern­ment un­til a res­o­lu­tion was reached.

“This will be an elec­tion key point for peo­ple in the area,” he said.

Mr Col­lier would not re­spond when the West­ern Sub­urbs Weekly asked if in­ac­tion be­fore the March 2017 elec­tion would hurt the Lib­eral Party.

The West­ern Sub­urbs Weekly broke the news in Oc­to­ber last year that the old Sky­line drive-in site was be­ing con­sid­ered as an op­tion for the new school.

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