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Stirling Times - - Street Watch - Laura Pond

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.

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