Col­lege keeps park­ing at bay

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By JES­SICA WAR­RINER

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.

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