Stu­dents, par­ents protest city move

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PROTEST­ING par­ents and stu­dents from Su­bi­aco’s Perth Mod­ern School could con­sider mov­ing to an in­ner-city site, with the play­ing fields miss­ing from a Perth CBD Citylink high-rise pro­posed by the State Gov­ern­ment.

“We’ve got noth­ing against a well-de­signed build­ing that’s con­nected to play ar­eas,” par­ent and protest or­gan­iser Nick Wal­dron told the Western Sub­urbs Weekly, be­fore about 250 peo­ple marched on Par­lia­ment last Thurs­day.

Par­ents claim there has been no con­sul­ta­tion for 117 days about the move, which the Gov­ern­ment took to the state elec­tion.

They also dis­like a lack of ground-level play­ing ar­eas at the Citylink site.

Mr Wal­dron said there was a strong link be­tween play, sport and brain de­vel­op­ment, and that was pro­vided by the cur­rent Su­bi­aco site.

Asked why se­lec­tive stu­dents from all of Perth should be de­nied a cen­tral CBD lo­ca­tion, he said Perth Mod­ern was al­ready close to pub­lic trans­port, and stu­dents ex­pe­ri­enced so­cial in­ter­ac­tion walk­ing to and from nearby train sta­tions and buses.

Some of the stu­dents were also critical of the Gov­ern­ment’s plans that could put them in a 20storey block with a rooftop open space.

The Op­po­si­tion was pre­sented with a 6000-sig­na­ture pe­ti­tion against the Gov­ern­ment’s pro­posal, and Op­po­si­tion Leader Mike Na­han said the Gov­ern­ment needed to pro­vide an ed­u­ca­tion ra­tio­nale for the move, when for­eign ex­am­ples of high-rise schools, in­clud­ing Sin­ga­pore, were based on a lack of land.

Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Sue Ellery said the new school at Citylink would have open out­door spa­ces, an au­di­to­rium for per­for­mances, and mod­ern sci­ence fa­cil­i­ties.

She said the “Perth Mod­ern School com­mu­nity” would be con­sulted.

Pic­ture: Jon Bas­sett

Stu­dents protest­ing the pro­posed move.

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