Students, parents protest city move
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.
Students protesting the proposed move.