Forum called to tackle school’s controversial catchment area

Cockburn MLA Fran Logan.
Cockburn MLA Fran Logan.

THE fallout over the future Hammond Park high school’s intake has continued, with Cockburn MLA Fran Logan adding his voice to the chorus of disagreement.

Mr Logan has expressed his disappointment over the school’s catchment area and will host a public forum on July 11 on the issue.

Local parents were left fuming after Success and Jandakot were left off the intake list, with parents telling the Cockburn Gazette they were “disappointed, angered and upset” over the decision.

Deputy Premier Roger Cook and Department of Education representatives will be at the meeting and Mr Logan said the current catchment area needed to be reassessed.

“The problem with the way the Department of Education has broken the current boundary map up is that it is horizontally across the freeway rather than vertical, in line with the way the suburbs are laid out,” he said.

The catchment area of the future Hammond Park secondary school.

“Hammond Park Secondary School is further south than Atwell College, which is on the eastern side of freeway.”

“This makes it (Atwell College) perfect to service all the suburbs on that side: Atwell, Aubin Grove and now Treeby.

“Hammond Park Secondary School is perfectly situated to service Beeliar, Success and Hammond Park parents.”

No Success for new Hammond Park high school

Mr Logan said if the forum failed to sway the Department of Education, he would take matters further.

“If the Department of Education cannot see the logic of this request at the meeting, I will be calling on the Director General of the Department and the Minister to undertake a review of the boundaries as currently proposed,” he said.

The public forum will take place at Jandakot Hall from 6pm.

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