STIRLING councillors admitted defeat in preventing the relocation of a second school to Doubleview but will advocate to keep areas available for community use.
Mayor Mark Irwin previously moved a motion to investigate feasibility of the City acquiring a portion of the Doubleview Primary School site to use as public open space and protect existing trees.
But this became redundant after the Metro North-West Development Assessment Panel approved the relocation of the International School of WA to the Education Department-owned site in February.
Councillor Karen Caddy sought support at Tuesday’s council meeting to not proceed with the acquisition given the panel decision but for the City to advocate for the best outcome for the community.
“What we can do is continue to work with the State Government to ensure the community continues to have access to the land and retain as many trees as possible,” she said.
Cr Stephanie Proud said the Education Department planned to have “shovels in the ground” at the site by the September/October school holidays but reminded school reserves and ovals were available for community use after school hours.
But according to Cr Elizabeth Re, it was becoming more common for schools to fence their grounds and she was worried the department would remove existing trees.
Cr Bianca Sandri believed community members should be lobbying the government directly.
“If the community are that concerned they need to lobby the State Government and go to them, not come to us,” she said.
“We really can’t do anything for the community.”
The recommendation passed and Cr Irwin said he had met with the Planning Minister regarding the issue and believed the City could advocate to save specific sites around the school and the trees.