Seven Oaks Senior Campus in need of sewer connection works

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SEVEN OAKS Senior Campus is among four West Australian schools in need of sewer connections or related works.

While the Cannington school is connected to the Water Corporation sewer, it is via a long connection that runs down the street and under a railway line.

There is a pressure main, with pumps, and as a result, the site occasionally experiences leaks .

Education Minister Peter Collier said the Department of Finance Building Management and Works had engaged a consultant to investigate an alternative solution.

“It seems there may be a connection available that is closer to the school (and) we are currently waiting for the consultant’s report and cost estimate for the new connection,” he said.

The Cannington school was announced in 1999 by then-Education Minister Colin Barnett and later built in 2000.

It was lauded as an innovative new facility that promoted an adult learning environment and ethos and among the first campuses in Australia to integrate studies at school, with experience in the workforce and additional studies at either TAFE or university.

Cannington MLA Bill Johnston said he was surprised to learn the comparatively new college was not fitted with deep sewerage during the original construction phase.

“I find it extraordinary the school wasn’t provided with deep sewerage,” he said.

“It’s a very nice school and one way or another it’s a priority to connect to deep sewerage and I hope the government acts on it soon.”