City gives student numbers

The March 1 council meeting agenda contains a report on motions presented at the electors’ AGM in January, including Kim Garbutt’s motions about planning for education facilities.

Speaking on behalf of the Yanchep Education Future Facebook group at the AGM, she asked the City for population statistics relating to school aged children.

The report said estimates could be provided for the high school years intake area, but not the primary school years because that was split with Yanchep Beach Primary School (YBPS) along Yanchep Beach Road.

It said in 2015 there were about 665 high school aged children in the area, which covers Yanchep, Two Rocks, Eglinton and Carabooda.

Last year, YDHS had 291 primary students and 330 secondary students, while YBPS had 452 students.

Ms Garbutt also asked the City how many building approvals it had granted, and future forecasts for new housing.

“The City has approved 854 dwellings in the YDHS catchment area that should be due for completion during 2016/ 2017,” the report said.

“There are approximately 2336 lots created through subdivisions that have been approved by the WA Planning Commission within the catchment area of YDHS that are currently untitled.

“The exact timing for these developments is unknown as it is the landowner who decides when to develop their land.”

Councillors will consider the AGM report tonight from 7pm, and the recommendation notes that the Mayor will seek a meeting with the Education Minister to advocate for school upgrades and expansions.

NEW HOUSEHOLD FORECASTS

2017: 490

2018: 519

2019: 611

2020: 659

2021: 661

2022: 682