Gym not for hire

Wanneroo Times - - NEWS - Tyler Brown

SA­CRED Heart Col­lege will not be al­lowed to hire out its newer gym and per­form­ing arts cen­tre for com­mer­cial pur­poses.

The Sor­rento school had ap­plied to the City of Joon­dalup for the ad­di­tional land use of ‘place of assem­bly’ to al­low it to hire its fa­cil­i­ties to ex­ter­nal groups out­side of school hours, in­clud­ing week­ends.

When the au­di­to­rium was ap­proved in 2008 and the new gym in 2015, there was a con­di­tion they would not be used for non-school pur­poses.

How­ever, the City was re­cently ad­vised the school had not been ad­her­ing to this con­di­tion and the school was ad­vised to ap­ply for the land use.

Neigh­bour­ing res­i­dents spoke at this month’s coun­cil brief­ing and meet­ing to op­pose the ap­pli­ca­tion.

Con­cerns raised in­cluded noise, traf­fic and park­ing is­sues which were al­ready a prob­lem dur­ing school times, anti-so­cial be­hav­iour and the school not con­sult­ing the com­mu­nity.

School prin­ci­pal Peter Bothe said they had worked with the City for about 12 months to cre­ate a work­able event man­age­ment plan.

He said the school wanted to be a “good cor­po­rate cit­i­zen” and pro­vide fa­cil­i­ties for lo­cal groups that would not oth­er­wise be avail­able. These would in­clude dance schools, choirs, mu­si­cals, guest speak­ers, art dis­plays and sport­ing clubs, not for pri­vate func­tions such as 18th and 21st birth­day par­ties.

City of­fi­cers had rec­om­mended the ap­pli­ca­tion be ac­cepted with con­di­tions bur Cr Chris­tine Hamil­tonPrime moved an al­ter­na­tive mo­tion to refuse the ap­pli­ca­tion.

“The con­cerns the res­i­dents have are gen­uine and sub­stan­tial… and they rightly so are pas­sion­ate about pro­tect­ing the lit­tle amenity they have left,” she said.

The ap­pli­ca­tion was re­fused 10-2.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey­mu­ni­ d486654

Year 6 stu­dents Abby Caple, Laney Rawl­ing, Filip Cve­tanoski, An­thony Ital­iano and Li­lah Steven­son.

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