College keeps parking at bay
SUBIACO councillors have raised concerns about a lack of parking at the new Inner City College, but the Education Department says the school’s location removes the need for a large amount of bays.
The matter was discussed at last week’s council meeting while considering a Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority referral about the school’s construction.
Cr Murray Rowe moved the officer’s recommendation but said he was concerned about the parking element of the application.
“The number of car bays involved with this is interestingly low,” he said.
Cr Malcolm Mummery shared Cr Rowe’s sentiments but otherwise supported the application, which was passed 10-0.
“I sense that we’re trying to do a smidge of social engineering by deprivation,” he said.
Education Department executive director of infrastructure John Fischer said the number of parking bays at the school would reflect its inner-city surroundings.
“As Inner City College is located in Subiaco, the school will be well connected to public transport, so a large amount of parking space is not required,” he said.
“There may be an historic expectation that schools provide on-site parking for all staff. From the outset, staff and students will be encouraged to use public transport and other environmentally conscious ways of getting to school.”
There will be 108 general parking bays and two ACROD bays on the lower ground level, in addition to a student drop-off and pick-up area, visitor parking and space for bus services, all on Coghlan Road.