Kewdale: Australian Islamic College gets green light to expand


Principal Khurshida Islam and art teacher Amelia Joseph with Year 9 girls. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d476315
Principal Khurshida Islam and art teacher Amelia Joseph with Year 9 girls. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d476315

THE Australian Islamic College in Kewdale will expand after receiving approval yesterday from the Metro Central Joint Development Assessment Panel (JDAP).

The $5.6 million redevelopment of the school will include a new two-storey building facing Peace Loop, which will contain six classrooms, storage area, toilets and a lift with a walkway linking the upper floor to the existing primary school building.

As part of the development, the library will be refurbished, a new single storey office administration building will be built at the intersection of President and Rosina streets and there will be modifications to the parking and access layout.

The project will allow for an additional 75 students, which will bring the number of pupils to 1425, and will allow staff numbers to increase by 15 to 140.

Approval for the development appeared to be a formality after the City of Belmont recommended that the project be given the green light.

The only sticking point was the City’s proposed condition for the two-storey classroom to have 6m setback from the boundary on Peace Loop.

Planning Solutions director Ben Doyle requested the JDAP reduce the setback to about 3.8m to allow for more grassed playing area for the students.

A motion to remove the need for the 6m setback was lost with councillor Janet Powell referencing a meeting between the applicants, school representatives and the community during which the impact of having the building close to the street was discussed.

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