Town of Victoria Park signs agreement with Department of Education for vacant Carlisle site after spike in enrolments at Victoria Park PS

Some Victoria Park Primary School students will attend an off-site kindergarten next year.
Some Victoria Park Primary School students will attend an off-site kindergarten next year.

A SPIKE in enrolments at Victoria Park Primary School has led Town of Victoria Park to enter a ground lease agreement with the Department of Education for a vacant site in Carlisle.

Transportable classrooms will be used at 6-8 Planet Street to cater for about 40 kindergarten students at the school, which has 496 enrolments in Semester 2.

Department of Education infrastructure executive director John Fischer said the school was experiencing unprecedented demand, and expected to have more than 530 students next year.

“Due to the size of the 120-year-old school, a kindergarten needs to be established in another location for 2018 and coming years,” he said.

“This off-site kindergarten may also be used by other local public schools if needed into the future.”

The site has been used for educational purposes but has been vacant since January 2017.

It previously homed the Lathlain Playgroup, which has now moved to a new space within the Keith Hayes Community Building on Lathlain Place and the Education Department used it for a kindergarten before that.

Council unanimously agreed to enter the agreement with the Department of Education to use the land under a temporary five-year lease, with the option of a five-year extension, at an initial annual rental of $150,000.

All revenue derived from the ground lease is to be paid into the Town’s Land Asset Optimisation Reserve Fund.

Mayor Trevor Vaughan said Victoria Park PS, like many others in the Town, was beginning to experience capacity constraints.

“We were pleased to be able to assist and always look to support the schools in our community,” he said.

Under the agreement, the department is required to undertake a traffic study to look at increases in vehicle movement, accessibility and parking at the site and work with surrounding residents to mitigate any potential impacts.

A development application for the kindergarten will now need to be lodged by the Department of Education with plans for the installation of transportable classrooms.

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