Not easy be­ing green

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

AR­RANG­ING a “walk to par­lia­ment” is not some­thing a par­ent group does lightly.

How­ever, the case to leave Perth Mod­ern School alone is so strong, the high-rise pol­icy so ex­per­i­men­tal and the lack of con­sul­ta­tion so con­cern­ing our cam­paign group did ex­actly that on May 25. The com­mu­nity up­roar has been loud and strong.

There is, how­ever, one im­pli­ca­tion for all par­ents that has re­ceived min­i­mal at­ten­tion – the high-rise pol­icy that would set a prece­dent say­ing schools no longer need ovals and green spa­ces.

As West Aus­tralians, are we ready to ac­cept a 15-25 storey high-rise school where 1500 chil­dren have their sole out­door space on a fenced rooftop?

Once this hap­pens then other schools and fu­ture schools could lose their green spa­ces, and the com­par­i­son will be “you are lucky just to lose your oval, look what the kids at Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tral have”.

DR NI­CHOLAS WAL­DRON,

Salter Point

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