Plans for new school scrapped

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By LISA THOMAS

PLANS for a new se­condary pub­lic school in City Beach would be scrapped but plans to re­lo­cate in­ter­na­tional stu­dents to Dou­ble­view Pri­mary School would re­main un­der a La­bor Gov­ern­ment.

Op­po­si­tion Leader Mark McGowan an­nounced plans for an in­ner city school on Sun­day and Op­po­si­tion ed­u­ca­tion spokes­woman Sue Ellery told the West­ern Suburbs Weekly yes­ter­day that La­bor would hon­our the Lib­eral Gov­ern­ment’s com­mit­ment to move the In­ter­na­tional School of WA to Dou­ble­view PS and the Ja­panese School to City Beach Pri­mary School.

Un­der La­bor’s plan, which will leave the City Beach site empty, Perth Modern School would re­lo­cate to a new site in the CBD above the Perth bus port. The cur­rent Su­bi­aco site would be turned into a se­condary pub­lic school for west­ern suburbs stu­dents.

Nedlands La­bor can­di­date Penny Tay­lor said the an­nounce­ment ad­dressed ed­u­ca­tion is­sues cur­rently faced in the west­ern suburbs.

“The new CBD aca­demic high school will tran­si­tion with Perth Modern School, with Perth Modern becoming a lo­cal area in­take school and re­liev­ing catch­ment pres­sure on Shen­ton Col­lege, Church­lands Se­nior High School and Mt Law­ley High School,” she said.

West­ern suburbs group We Need A High School spokesman James Fuller said it was good to see a de­tailed pol­icy from La­bor, but he was not sure if it would solve the is­sues in the west­ern suburbs.

Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Peter Col­lier an­nounced an $84 mil­lion re­fur­bish­ment of the for­mer City Beach High School site in Septem­ber last year, which would be opened as a se­condary pub­lic school by 2020 to help with over­crowd­ing in the west­ern suburbs.

Mr Col­lier said the In­ter­na­tional School of WA (ISWA) would re­lo­cate to the 5.7ha Dou­ble­view site in 2019 and share the land with the new $15 mil­lion pri­mary school.

The Metro North West Joint De­vel­op­ment As­sess­ment Panel ap­proved plans for the ex­pan­sion of Dou­ble­view Pri­mary School last week de­spite com­mu­nity op­po­si­tion.

The panel ap­proved the pro­posal to de­velop JK Lyon Re­serve for new build­ings for the pri­mary school.

Res­i­dent and Save Dou­ble­view Ac­tion Group spokes­woman Claire Shar­man said the outcome to the meet­ing was dis­ap­point­ing.

But Dou­ble­view PS prin­ci­pal Greg Fisher told the panel that the cur­rent pub­lic open space was more than ad­e­quate and he did not be­lieve the site would be cramped with two schools.

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