Gym not for hire
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.
Year 6 students Abby Caple, Laney Rawling, Filip Cvetanoski, Anthony Italiano and Lilah Stevenson.