Hammond Park high school intake still unknown

Success mothers and students. Photo: Jon Hewson. d491183 communitypix.com.au.
Success mothers and students. Photo: Jon Hewson. d491183 communitypix.com.au.

THE new Hammond Park high school’s local intake area is still up in the air, with Cockburn councillors voting to advocate for Success’s inclusion within the enrolment boundary.

In February Success families were left angry and disappointed after preliminary local intake area (LIA) information did not include their suburb, instead listing Aubin Grove, Banjup, Hammond Park, Mandogalup, Wandi and Wattleup.

Success parents told the Gazette the decision to leave their suburb off the LIA had confounded them, arguing many of their homes were within an easy walk or cycle to the new campus and that it would stop children having to cross to the other side of Kwinana Freeway to attend Atwell College.

Success parents “angry” at omission from new high school intake

Councillors were divided when discussing the issue during June 14’s council meeting, with some believing it was not their place to get involved.

“This is a State Government issue, this is not something we should be getting involved in,” Cr Chamonix Terblanche said.

“We don’t even have the answer to the question of what would happen if one suburb is included and another is not.”

Cr Chontelle Sands said she and other Success parents had been lobbying for the school since 2011.

“These parents were the ones who started this whole process,” she said.

“We had to really fight for this high school to be built in the first place and I think its pertinent that council takes their efforts on board.”

Deputy mayor Lee-Anne Smith, who lodged the motion, said the City had an obligation to advocate for residents.

“We advocate on behalf of ratepayers on State Government and Federal Government issues and it is absolutely important that we do advocate for them,” she said.

The recommendation to write to the Education and Training minister and request Success’s inclusion in the LIA was passed 6-4.

The LIA is expected to be announced this month, with the school to be open next year.