School fence plans scrapped after backlash from residents

The Applecross Senior High School oval.
The Applecross Senior High School oval.

APPLECROSS Senior High School has dropped plans for a fence around its oval.

A letter distributed to nearby residents outlined the high school’s plan but the Melville Gazette can reveal community backlash played a part in the decision not to continue.

Principal Paul Leech said the school had wanted to engage in a “genuine consultation process” with local residents and considered their views when making the decision not to proceed with fencing the perimeter of the oval.

“We value the great relationship that the school has with our neighbours and know that they play an important role in minimising after-hours vandalism and anti-social behaviour by contacting School Watch and police when required,” he said.

“We are still looking into options for a fence around school buildings, to help keep them free from vandalism and prevent intruders from coming on-site after hours.”

Leverburgh Street resident Kevin Cronin said the school had operated a shared-use oval for a long time and it was used most evenings by dog walkers, family and exercisers.

Bateman MLA Dean Nalder said he understood the need to protect school buildings but it was important the oval be accessible to the local community.

“We need to encourage an active community not restrict it,” he said.