Cross words on boundaries
THE new Hammond Park high school’s local intake area is still up in the air, with Cockburn councillors voting to advocate for Success’s inclusion within the enrolment boundary.
In February, Success families were left angry and disappointed after preliminary local intake area (LIA) information did not include their suburb, instead listing Aubin Grove, Banjup, Hammond Park, Mandogalup, Wandi and Wattleup.
Success parents told the Gazette the decision to leave their suburb off the LIA had confounded them, arguing many of their homes were within an easy walk or cycle to the new campus and it would stop children having to cross to the other side of Kwinana Freeway to attend Atwell College.
Councillors were divided when discussing the issue during June 14’s council meeting, with some believing it was not their place to get involved.
“This is a State Government issue, this is not something we should be getting involved in,” Cr Chamonix Terblanche said.
“We don’t even have the answer to the question of what would happen if one suburb is included and another is not.”
Cr Chontelle Sands said she and other Success parents had been lobbying for the school since 2011.
“These parents were the ones who started this whole process,” she said.
“We had to really fight for this high school to be built in the first place and I think it’s pertinent that council takes their efforts on board.”
Deputy Mayor Lee-Anne Smith, who lodged the motion, said the City had an obligation to advocate for residents.