Parents angry at decision not to build new school

Alicia Kelly faces an uncertain future over the education of her children Liam and Thomas. Picture: Elle Borgward d411642
Alicia Kelly faces an uncertain future over the education of her children Liam and Thomas. Picture: Elle Borgward d411642

Wellard mother of two Alicia Kelly told the Courier that Mr Collier told residents it was unlikely a school would be built within the next 10 years at the proposed site on the corner of Wellard Road and Runnymede Gate.

Mrs Kelly said a response addressed to the Wellard Residents Group from the Minister suggested Bertram Primary School was not yet at capacity and parents should enrol their children there.

‘The Village at Wellard is not in the Bertram catchment so we have to go on a waiting list,’ she said.

Mr Collier said although the number of school-aged children living in Wellard would increase, the number of students in the area was below the opening enrolment threshold required for a new school.

‘The Department of Education assigns the highest priority for the establishment of a new school in urban areas where existing schools are under accommodation pressure,’ Mr Collier said.

‘The department advised me that the locality of Wellard is currently served by three public primary schools ” Bertram, Leda and Medina.

‘We are closely monitoring the enrolment pressures on the existing schools in the area.’

Mrs Kelly said she was unsure where to enrol her son Thomas (3) and Liam (17 months).

‘I think the reason the Minister is denying a school in Wellard is because he has no idea of the large area that Wellard covers,’ she said.

‘We estimate that even if a school was proposed in February it would already be at capacity by the time it’s built in 2017.’

In October, City of Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams sent a letter to the Minister on behalf of the group, questioning whether a proposed primary school in the area had been considered.