Cross words on bound­aries

Cockburn Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Jes­sica Nico

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.

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