Doubt over plan for new western suburbs school

Doubt over plan for new western suburbs school

FORMER Town of Cambridge mayor Simon Withers has called the State Government’s handling of a new school in the western suburbs as an “enormous blunder”.

Since announcing in October last year a new City Beach High School with a capacity of 2000 students for years 7 to 12 would be opened in 2019, Education Minister Peter Collier has remained tight-lipped about further details.

He told the Western Suburbs Weekly an announcement would be made “well before the election” but Mr Withers does not have much confidence.

“In my view they will never make it by 2019 and I am sceptical about 2020,” he said.

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“This has been an enormous blunder; everyone in the local community has been watching the numbers grow at the feeder primary schools until they are bursting at the seams but this trend seems to have escaped the Government.”

Churchlands Senior High School has more than 40 demountables to hold the overflow of extra students.

Cambridge Mayor Keri Shannon said the Town was considering hosting forums with local P&C groups over the concern of overcrowding.

“There is a lack of certainty for parents,” she said.

We Need a High School action group organiser James Fuller said the group would continue to put pressure on the Government until a resolution was reached.

“This will be an election key point for people in the area,” he said.

Mr Collier would not respond when the Western Suburbs Weekly asked if inaction before the March 2017 election would hurt the Liberal Party.

The Western Suburbs Weekly broke the news in October last year that the old Skyline drive-in site was being considered as an option for the new school.