Lesson for the future: Yanchep Institute proposed


Site of the proposed Yanchep Institute.  Picture: Martin Kennealey   d449275
Site of the proposed Yanchep Institute. Picture: Martin Kennealey d449275

Yanchep Beach Joint Venture economic development manager Jon Kelly said the first stage would be to introduce a building course for teenagers to help build the facility.

Mr Kelly said he was working to establish Yanchep Institute at lot 608 Yanchep Beach Road near the police station.

“We are creating our own college to put in there,” he said.

“We are building a holistic and comprehensive cradle-to-the-grave education model for Yanchep.

“When the Yanchep city is complete, it will have a very large educational precinct.”

The institute is waiting for training accreditation. If it receives it, it would start by giving 15 students $5000 scholarships to do a Certificate I in construction.

Mr Kelly said they would be involved in building the $5 million facility, plans for which the City of Wanneroo has approved, as well as other local construction projects.

He said there was just a patio on the site currently, but the plan was to build two multi-storey buildings.

Yanchep District High School welcomed the initiative through its Facebook page last week and said students in the Year 10 Fast Track program would be involved.

At the City of Wanneroo electors AGM in January, resident Kim Garbutt said there should be more public information about what was planned for the area.

Ms Garbutt said there should be more options for children in Yanchep as well, not just building trades and hospitality courses.

Yanchep resident Brad Walker created the Facebook group Yanchep Education Future amid concerns about what facilities would be available for local children, including his son Felix (5) and daughter Simmi (2).

Mr Walker said the existing Yanchep District High School facilities were run down and parents wanted to see more invested in education.

“The high school is on its way – we want to try and speed that up,” he said.

“There’s a huge shadow of uncertainty as to what happens to the existing primary school once the high school is built.

“We want to see some definitive plans as to how that primary school is going to function.”

Despite long connections with the suburb since his grandparents settled there, Mr Walker said he and his wife Maxine were considering relocating.

“I’ve called Yanchep home personally for 25 years,” he said.

“If we don’t see any movement we will probably move to somewhere that’s got what we want or consider private school but both come at a cost.”