Sale to fol­low school’s clo­sure


Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS - Bryce Luff

THE sale of the Hamil­ton Se­nior High School (HSHS) site will take place once the school closes in 2017.

The school is set to merge with South Fre­man­tle Se­nior High School, which will re-open in 2018 un­der a new name, ten­ta­tively called Fre­man­tle Col­lege.

The ex­ist­ing Le­froy Road site will un­dergo $30 mil­lion worth of up­grades, with costs to be off­set by the sale of land ten­anted by HSHS. The HSHS site is 15.3 hectares in size. Education Depart­ment ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of in­fra­struc­ture John Fis­cher said land value will de­pend on the re-zon­ing and re­de­vel­op­ment pro­posed for the re­leased land.

That process will be­gin when the school closes at the end of next year.

“Funds from the sale of the land will be re­turned to the State Govern­ment,” Mr Fis­cher said.

Mr Fis­cher said Fre­man­tle Col­lege was pro­gress­ing well.

“The depart­ment is cur­rently go­ing through the ten­der process, with con­struc­tion due to be com­pleted late next year ready for the col­lege to open for the start of the 2018 school year,” he said.

HSHS prin­ci­pal Donna McDon­ald said the school had de­vel­oped a frame­work to ease the bur­den on stu­dents and staff when the move takes place.

“Last year the Hamil­ton school com­mu­nity had sig­nif­i­cant in­put into the build­ing de­sign and plans for the new Fre­man­tle Col­lege,” she said.

“We are work­ing closely with re­gional of­fice and look­ing for­ward to be­ing a part of the Col­lege’s de­vel­op­ment over the next two years.”

A host of Cock­burn and Fre­man­tle schools will re­ceive ex­tra main­te­nance work un­der a mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar top-up pro­gram an­nounced by the State Govern­ment last week.

The work in­volves re­pairs to class­room ceil­ings, plus the re­moval of tripping haz­ards and mill­board con­tain­ing as­bestos.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son­mu­ni­ d449305

Year 7 stu­dents Lau­r­ren (left) and Tiffany Haasy with Hamil­ton Se­nior High School prin­ci­pal Donna McDon­ald.

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