Christ Church Grammar given time to respond to Queenslea Drive works

Queenslea Drive. Picture: Google Maps
Queenslea Drive. Picture: Google Maps

CHRIST Church Grammar School (CCGS) will be given time to respond to conditions placed by the Town of Claremont on proposed works to the foreshore access path and boat ramp on Queenslea Drive.

Earlier this month, Claremont councillors debated a motion to communicate the Town’s support for the works to the WA Planning Commission.

Cr Alastair Tulloch moved that the matter be referred back to allow the Town to formally notify the school.

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“Good governance requires that they be given more warning so they can make a formal response,” he said.

The vote on Cr Tulloch’s amendment was locked at 4-4, with Deputy Mayor Peter Browne using his vote to instead send the item back to Town staff for more information.

The proposed works include a new pedestrian ramp down the Freshwater Bay escarpment from CCGS to a western set-down area (on land owned by Methodist Ladies College), construction of a new path east towards the existing CCGS boat shed and reconstruction of the boat ramp and associated landscaping.

The proposed works will allow rowing boats up to 17m long to be safely transported to and from the school to the foreshore by students and upgrade the existing boat ramp that is eroded and unsafe.

The lower set-down area, path, and new boat ramp will be on land covered by the Metropolitan Region Scheme Regional Reserve for Parks and Recreation (for acquisition by the Planning Commission), meaning the Commission’s approval is required.

The proposal was referred to the Council’s Foreshore Advisory Committee for comment and was supported with changes and conditions.