Bassendean Primary School protest branches out

Clockwise from bottom left: Carolyn Warr, Joyce Tasma, Carol Seidel and Nonie Jekabsons. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au   d445045
Bassendean Primary School protest branches out
Clockwise from bottom left: Carolyn Warr, Joyce Tasma, Carol Seidel and Nonie Jekabsons. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d445045

THE creatively decorated trees along West Road and Whitfield Street may be brightening up Bassendean, but there is a political message behind them.

Residents against the Education Department’s move to pave 845sq m of the Bassendean Primary School oval to allow for 21 staff and visitor parking bays and one disabled bay have taken another approach in their ongoing protest.

Creative locals gave the tree a makeover several weeks after construction began on the carpark, which is part of the new $1.3 million administration block being built.

To date they have tied green material to the school fence to signify the green play space, drawn messages in chalk on footpaths and held a peaceful knit-in.

But the Education Department is not backing down.

A meeting was also held last week to brainstorm ideas on how to improve traffic and parking issues around the school as an alternative to losing the play space.

Suggestions at the well-attended meeting held at the Swan Districts Football Club on Tuesday ranged from speed humps and flashing lights to a kiss-and-ride drop-off point and angled parking at the school.

Kylie Turner said the group was “not going away”.

Ms Turner said the trees were decorated with the Town of Bassendean’s approval and the group would present it with a list of ideas from the meeting.

Mayor John Gangell said the town was happy to allow the community to express its views in a non-confrontational way.

“The conditions were that the trees were not disturbed or damaged,” he said.

An Education Department spokeswoman said works on the car- park were still going ahead and were due to be completed late this month.