Fence ‘an important deterrent’

Jenny Hiscox (second left) with other parents and students. Picture: Martin Kennealey
Jenny Hiscox (second left) with other parents and students. Picture: Martin Kennealey

Jenny Hiscox, who has two children at the East Victoria Park school, said she was pleased for the Kewdale college, but felt it was important for all schools to receive funding help for perimeter security fencing.

Mrs Hiscox, who lives near the school, said unregistered dirt bikes regularly rode across the oval, through stop signs on surrounding roads. Cars did burnouts on the oval after hours and vandals set fire to school property, smashing windows and leaving graffiti.

‘The safety of our kids is paramount. A fence is an important deterrent,’ Mrs Hiscox said.

‘We’ve even talked about getting some second-hand pool fencing to keep people out. The school is growing rapidly and there will be more demountables and students on the oval.’

She said Year 4-7 students played on the oval at lunchtime and illegal joy riders were active at all hours.

Higgins Park public oval was adjacent, so for some it was a natural progression to go onto the school’s oval, and into the 69-year-old grounds.

P&C president Andrew Macpherson said it was up to the school board and principal to decide if erecting a fence was a funding priority.

He said a fence had been a long-term funding priority and he believed there was a genuine need. ‘The school is bounded by four roads in a high- traffic, inner-city area. A fence would be an important deterrent.’