Bassendean Primary School carpark row goes to council

PARENTS against a carpark on the Bassendean Primary School oval have taken their fight to the Town of Bassendean.

Representatives of the lobby group presented a petition, signed by 100 people, to the council at its meeting last week seeking a Special Electors’ Meeting to discuss alternative locations for the 21 parking bays.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss parking, and transport planning and infrastructure, at Bassendean Primary School, alternative options for parking along Whitfield Street and West Road adjacent to the school, and traffic management and safe transport options for students.

The town responded promptly, setting up the meeting on Thursday, October 22, in the Bassendean Community Hall at 7pm.

On September 17, Bassendean MLA Dave Kelly took a grievance to State Parliament, but was unable to persuade Planning Minister John Day, representing the Education Minister on the day, to agree to any alternative action.

“The admin block upgrade is welcome, but the partial destruction of the school oval is not,” Mr Kelly said.

“There has been a tremendous campaign run by locals to get the Government to rethink the plan, and … despite this very determined campaign, the Barnett Government has so far refused to save the oval or even to halt works while alternatives can be considered.”

Mr Day acknowledged the residents’ concerns but reiterated the need for the school’s upgrades and their benefits.

Residents have so far tied green material to the school fence, held fundraisers and a knit- in as part of their battle against the location of the carpark.

The Education Department is adamant the works will continue and they are due to be completed this month.

A department spokeswoman has told the Reporter that designs were made public and feedback was invited, but none was provided before works began.