Kindy to be gut­ted

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - FRONT PAGE - Matt Zis

CARLISLE’S orig­i­nal 1960s kinder­garten build­ing will be de­mol­ished in com­ing weeks to make way for more de­mount­able class­rooms to house next year’s co­hort of Vic­to­ria Park Pri­mary School kinder­garten and pre-pri­mary stu­dents.

For­mal ap­proval was granted by Vic­to­ria Park Coun­cil last week and de­mo­li­tion works could start at the Planet Street site as early as next week, given that it can hap­pen only dur­ing a school break.

The rat­i­fi­ca­tion pro­vides cer­tainty to par­ents and staff at the bur­geon­ing Vic­to­ria Park Pri­mary but means both early child­hood year groups will be away from the main school grounds in 2019 as the school con­tin­ues to grap­ple with the pres­sures of a grow­ing stu­dent pop­u­la­tion.

At Tues­day’s coun­cil meet­ing, coun­cil­lors agreed there was lit­tle op­tion but to sup­port the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion’s ap­pli­ca­tion to de­mol­ish the old, as­bestos-af­fected build­ing and in­stall two ad­di­tional de­mount­able class­rooms, three sheds and an of­fice.

Deputy Mayor Vicki Pot­ter said it was never an easy de­ci­sion to de­mol­ish a build­ing with his­tor­i­cal im­por­tance, while Cr Ron­hhda Pot­ter asked that pho­to­graphs be taken ahead of the de­mo­li­tion for the Town’s his­tor­i­cal records and that the fairy garden at the site be re­tained.

“Once this build­ing is gone, it’s gone,” she said.

“Los­ing this build­ing will be an­other loss for the com­mu­nity in Carlisle.”

The build­ing was used as a class­room from the 1980s un­til 2010 and also pro­vided a home to Movies By Bur­swood and the Lath­lain Play­group in the past decade.

It has since been deemed non-com­pli­ant for ed­u­ca­tional pur­poses due to the con­firmed pres­ence of as­bestos and has re­mained fenced off since the ar­rival of Vic­to­ria Park Pri­mary kinder­garten stu­dents.

A sink­hole has also opened at the site.

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