Play­ground clo­sure a bonus for school


Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

THE South Lake Leisure Cen­tre’s out­door wa­ter play­ground and in­door pools are set to be re­moved but a lo­cal high school says it will have plenty to work with when it gets ac­cess to the build­ing next year.

As ex­pected, Cock­burn coun­cil­lors gave the OK last Thurs­day to a plan for the City to en­ter a Deed of Agree­ment with the WA Ed­u­ca­tion Depart­ment.

As part of the agree­ment, the City has al­lo­cated $200,000 to de­com­mis­sion the recre­ation cen­tre be­fore it is gifted to the depart­ment to help ac­com­mo­date a grow­ing Lake­land Se­nior High School.

The out­stand­ing cap­i­tal value of the fa­cil­ity, about $3.3m, will be writ­ten off.

While the aquatic fa­cil­i­ties will be re­moved, much of the 25-year-old fa­cil­ity will re­main.

Cock­burn’s recre­ation and com­mu­nity safety man­ager Rob Avard said Lake­land SHS staff and stu­dents would have ac­cess to a basketball court, a gym­na­sium, of­fices, staff room, store rooms and ex­tra car park­ing.

“The Ed­u­ca­tion Depart­ment has no spe­cific plans for the use of the fa­cil­ity, although with the clo­sure of the Hamil­ton Hill Se­nior High School and its move to South Fre­man­tle, it is ex­pected that Lake­land Se­nior High School will see growth in its num­bers over the next few years,” he said.

Lake­land SHS prin­ci­pal Lau­rie Long­worth said the school would make good use of all space avail­able. “The school is cur­rently at room­ing ca­pac­ity so the ad­di­tional space will be wel­come,” he said. “It will also pro­vide ad­di­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties for the spe­cial­ist touch foot­ball pro­gram and home eco­nom­ics depart­ment.

“We are plan­ning to hire out the halls and other spa­ces af­ter school, week­ends and hol­i­days.”

The Leisure Cen­tre opened in 1991 af­ter be­ing built on land owned by the depart­ment.

Clo­sure of the 25-year-old fa­cil­ity will co­in­cide with the open­ing of the city’s $109m recre­ation cen­tre, Cock­burn ARC, at Cock­burn Cen­tral West in early 2017.

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