Bassendean: council to discuss terms of lease for laneway between bowling club and school


Christian, Isabelle, Lachlan, Casa Mia Montessori School board chairman Claudio Pellegrini, Milla and Casa Mia principal Janet Laing. Picture: David Baylis
Christian, Isabelle, Lachlan, Casa Mia Montessori School board chairman Claudio Pellegrini, Milla and Casa Mia principal Janet Laing. Picture: David Baylis

BASSENDEAN council has agreed to discuss changing the lease of an under-utilised laneway from the Bassendean Bowling Club to Casa Mia Montessori School.

Councillor Gerry Pule moved a motion to see if it was desirable or feasible for the laneway land to become available for lease and used by the school at last month’s council meeting.

According to Cr Pule’s report, if there was an agreement, the school could utilise the land currently connecting the bowling club to the school to expand its playground.

Councillors passed the motion and a report will be presented to council if there was support for the proposal.

An officer’s report stated there was limited use of the laneway by club members while school parents who parked on Whitfield Street used the laneway to reduce congestion on Hamilton Street.

“While not consulted, given discussions on the laneway between the club and the Town in the past, it is likely the bowling club would be amenable to the proposal,” the report said.

“It would require the laneway being excised from within the bowling club lease, a new fence erected (at an indicative cost of $10,000) and closing of the public access pedestrian link between Whitfield and Hamilton Streets.

“As the laneway exists on Crown land (within the BIC Reserve), ministerial approval to the process may well be required.”

In January, the Town agreed to negotiate selling the land that Casa Mia was currently leasing to the school.