Demolition starts despite protest


Centuries-old houses are being demolished for a new learning centre. Picture: David Baylis           d448509
Centuries-old houses are being demolished for a new learning centre. Picture: David Baylis         d448509

Despite opposition from the Mt Lawley Society, demolition began on the four Lawley Crescent houses yesterday.

A Metro West Joint Development Assessment Panel approved the school’s development application last year to demolish the properties and build a Senior Learning and Leadership Centre on the site.

Tim Hammond from the Mt Lawley Society said five submissions were received during the public consultation period, all of which objected to the proposal.

“JDAPs take away all transparency from the decision-making process,” Mr Hammond said.

However, principal Jenny Ethell said the community was thoroughly consulted and the school had contracted heritage experts to evaluate the significance of the properties before proceeding.