City of Gosnells approves planned extensions of Rehoboth Christian College

City of Gosnells approves planned extensions of Rehoboth Christian College

CITY of Gosnells has approved planned extensions to compensate for the growth of Rehoboth Christian College in Kenwick.

The council approved construction of a 2819sq m, two-storey classroom and administration block and a 52-bay carpark.

As of 2017, there were 494 students and 58 teachers who attended the school, however it is projected those numbers will rise to 634 students and 72 teachers by 2023.

Council approved the application on the condition the total number of students and staff is restricted to 706.

During the consultation period, the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage (DPLH) suggested the proposal be referred to the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) and the Commonwealth Department of Environment and Energy (DEE).

DPLH were concerned the proposal may significantly impact environmental values, in particular a conservation category wetland containing declared rare flora to the north.

Gosnells District Progress and Ratepayers Association president Sandra Baraiolo urged the council to put the environment first as the proposal would significantly impact on vegetation and habitat.

However, the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation, on behalf of EPA, raised no objection to the proposal, while the DEE provided advice for the proposal but did not raise any objections.

Before construction begins, the school will have to satisfy a number of other conditions, including a drainage design and a bushfire management plan.

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