Ursula Frayne Catholic College pledges to keep promise about green space


Ursula Frayne Catholic College wants to turn land on Teague Street into green space, similar to space near its primary school campus on Balmoral Street.
Ursula Frayne Catholic College wants to turn land on Teague Street into green space, similar to space near its primary school campus on Balmoral Street.

URSULA Frayne Catholic College has allayed community fears around turning land on Teague Street into permanent car parks after committing to creating “green spaces.”

The school demolished three properties on the street last year, leading to some concern from neighbours, and has now has applied for one of the properties to be a car parking space.

Teague Street residents Rowena and Kim Holland previously spoke to the Southern Gazette about the lack of consultation between the school and the community.

But Principal Geoff Mills said the school sought to use 20 Teague Street as a temporary car parking space while its new science facility was built.

“The car parking space is necessary in order to provide overflow parking for the builder, which will alleviate congestion on Teague Street and allow safer traffic flow around the college,” he said.

“Once the build nears completion, a development application will be lodged with the Town of Victoria Park to turn blocks 20 and 22 into further green spaces for the college and community.”

The school is seeking retrospective approval after using the space for car parking for about two weeks.

“The college has been working closely with the Town of Victoria Park for a period of some months with regards to the possible temporary use of our vacant blocks for parking by our building contractor to alleviate parking congestion in the precinct,” Mr Mills said.

“It is noted that parking on the block commenced approximately two weeks ago as a direct strategy to address safety issues and concerns raised by some of our neighbours.”

Mr Mills said the school had also lodged a development application with the council to undertake works at 28 and 30 Teague Street, which would provide a “green space” for passive recreation.

“The college would like to move forward with providing a green space for both the college and community residents as soon as it is approved and feasible,” he said.

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