Site plans narrowing for new City Beach High School

FOUR potential sites for the new City Beach High School are expected to be whittled down this month.

At its November 24 meeting, the Town of Cambridge council approved a report on the four sites and advised that it would undertake its own community consultation in early 2016.

The four sites include the old Skyline drive-in site and adjoining former City Beach High School site, Fred Burton Park, Templetonia Park, and the corner of Rochdale and Wollaston roads.

Cambridge development and sustainability director Ian Bignell said there had not been much new information on the department’s plans.

“I’m hoping to advise by Christmas whether they (the Education Department) are in a position to eliminate any sites,” Mr Bignell said.

According to a council report, the former high school site is the Education Department’s preferred option because they already own the land, which is zoned for education.

However, to excise the adjoining drive-in site from Bold Park, the department would need to undertake a major Metropolitan Region Scheme (MRS) amendment, as well as a parliamentary amendment to rezone the site from a Class A reserve.

The department would have to negotiate with the International School of WA and the Japanese School to end their leases.

The school would accommodate about 2000 years 7 to 12 students and is expected to be open for the 2019 school year.

Council had a briefing by the department on November 10, when they indicated they would exclude the non-preferred sites by December, and then undertake detailed assessments and costing.

Stephanie Clegg, from Friends of Bold Park Bushland, asked the council whether the environmental impacts of the new school would be addressed.

“What will be the source of this info?” Ms Clegg asked.

“Has council been in contact with the botanical society about the impact the proposed school would have?”

The Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority’s long-term goal was to restore the old drive-in site.