A new school of thought on space
STIRLING councillors admitted defeat in their attempt to prevent the relocation of a second school to Doubleview but will advocate to keep areas available for community use.
Mayor Mark Irwin previously moved a motion to investigate the feasibility of the City acquiring part of the Doubleview Primary School site to use as public open space and to protect existing trees.
But this became redundant after the Metro North-West Development Assessment Panel approved moving the International School of WA to the Education Department-owned site in February.
Councillor Karen Caddy sought support at the May 8 council meeting not to proceed with the acquisition given the panel decision but for the City to advocate for the best outcome for the community.
“What we can do is continue to work with the State Government to ensure the community continues to have access to the land and retain as many trees as possible,” she said.
Cr Stephanie Proud said the Education Department planned to have “shovels in the ground” at the site by the September/October school holidays but school reserves and ovals were available for community use after school hours.
But according to Cr Elizabeth Re, it was becoming more common for schools to fence their grounds and she was worried the department would remove trees.
Cr Bianca Sandri said residents should be lobbying the government directly.
“If the community are that concerned they need to lobby the State Government and go to them, not come to us,” she said.
The recommendation passed.Cr Irwin said he had met the Planning Minister over the issue and believed the City could advocate to save specific sites around the school and the trees.
The City of Stirling has failed in its bid to keep some of the Doubleview Primary School site for community use.