City support for state-of-the-art school renovations

Gaby Valente (First Steps),Amy Smith and her son Cory (First Steps), Lisa Godwin (owner of Smileys Childcare), Bec Moyle (Smileys), Jessica Blackwood (First Steps), Fiona Millar (Smileys) and (front right) Emma Angus (Smileys) celebrate recognition by the WA Childcare Association of WA.
Gaby Valente (First Steps),Amy Smith and her son Cory (First Steps), Lisa Godwin (owner of Smileys Childcare), Bec Moyle (Smileys), Jessica Blackwood (First Steps), Fiona Millar (Smileys) and (front right) Emma Angus (Smileys) celebrate recognition by the WA Childcare Association of WA.

Last week, the City of Melville voted to support the $8.3 million planning application from the City’s most prestigious private girls’ school in Attadale, but the final decision will be made by the Joint Development Assessment Panel.

The panel is expected to make a decision this week after Mayor Russell Aubrey confirmed the City would recommend to the panel that the application be passed.

‘Works are located within the centre of the school grounds, well away from all of the site boundaries, and surrounded by existing buildings and mature landscaping,’ he said.

While the building, standing at 15.7m, would exceed council’s 9m requirement, it was a unanimous decision by council to support the development proposal.

In the application to council, the proposal was for a three-story building, which included a basement level, studio and laboratory facilities, and six classrooms to replace the existing building.

Other minor works would include a deck added to the dining hall and an ensuite built on to the existing doctor’s office.