For many concerned about the future of the Subi Oval Precinct, the proposed new high school is a relief from demolishing Subi Oval for high-rise flats and office blocks proposed by the former Barnett government.
However, there are more questions than answers. Here’s what we know so far…
- City Beach High has the necessary approvals and can be delivered by 2020.
- Doubleview Primary School sacrificed an oval for a new private high school so that City Beach High could reopen to ease the enrolment pressures across Churchlands High and Shenton College – a plan that took two years of consultation to deliver.
- Allocated funds will be cut to upgrade facilities at Mt Lawley Senior High.
- Funding for Carine’s expansion remains with $18.77m expansion that was announced last September and construction commencing next year.
- School children should not travel excessive distances like Cottesloe and Mosman Park student do attending Shenton College.
- The old TAFE building and land at 133 Salvado Road, Subiaco sits empty and could be a new school by 2020.
- Subi Oval Precinct is the perfect location for state of the art community health, fitness and training with the Oval accessible for sporting codes such as the home of soccer, and WA footy. The iconic footy siren should remain at the ground.
- Private school enrolments are falling and public school enrolments are rising.
- Significant traffic congestion at Kitchener Park is likely unless the government is able to convince the local catchment area that it is safe for children to walk, ride or catch the bus or train to and from school.
- Retaining most of the stadium structures for the home of Soccer Football West and WA Football Commission would support development of these sporting codes in Western Australia.
- Retaining green open space linking Mueller Park to the footy oval through to Market Square in response to the new infill proposed north of Subiaco Road and at Princess Margaret Hospital.
- Forecast numbers show greatest demand for a high school is in Stirling Council, not Subiaco Council.
The State Government has its own set of numbers:
Both governments are, supposedly, using the same data – so why the different outcomes? Why the focus on the one hand, on the areas to the far east of Churchlands’ LIA (eg. Mt Hawthorn, Leederville and West Leederville) and on the other, the ongoing growth and infill in the suburbs to the north of Churchlands (eg. Wembley Downs, Doubleview, Scarborough, Innaloo and even parts of Karrinyup)?
Our Party would like to consult with all stakeholders to come up with a holistic solution to solve public education in the western suburbs.
Please contact Andrew Mangano, WAP Policy Committee, on 0400 899 210 or send us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org