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Henley Brook residents Dave Roper, Nicky Gill and Don Reece have united with other residents concerned with the location of a proposed K-12 school.

Bid for school relocation

By Claire Ottaviano

HENLEY Brook residents are suggesting a land swap to relocate a proposed Islamic school which they say is in the wrong location.

The Australian Islamic College application for a 1000-student primary and secondary campus on the corner of Asturian Drive and Henley Street will come before the City of Swan Council next Wednesday.

Henley Brook resident Nicky Gill said there were a number of reasons why the college location was inappropriate including lack of public transport and road infrastructure, its proximity to three other existing or proposed school sites and the surrounding rural amenity.

“The Henley Brook development area is limited to 3500 homes, which means two government primary schools need to be provided,” she said.

“However, the structure plan is being changed to include a third primary school and now an Islamic College as well.

“Placing more schools than required in an area is developing an educational precinct and is extremely unfair on surrounding residents.”

City staff also agreed with concerns surrounding roads needed improvements to meet design standards and, should the application be approved, a number of upgrades to Asturian Drive and Henley Street would need to be made.

Ms Gill said the traffic report only included predictions of traffic from the proposed college and did not include increases from the additional two proposed government schools.

“Particularly as Henley Street does not connect to Drumpellier, nor does it currently connect to Henley Brook Avenue so there is no quick way to move large amounts of traffic,” she said.

“This is why residents have concerns about the ability to evacuate the area should there be a [bushfire] emergency as one small residential street will be trying to evacuate three schools and at least 500 homes.”

The solution to benefit both parties, according to Ms Gill, would be to relocate the school to Lot 203 Starflower Road Henley Brook.

“This is a vastly superior site for the college, next door to the Henley Brook bus depot, and on the Ellenbrook train line,” she said.

Moving the school could also allow the college to use its proposed worship building for public use.

Under the City’s current recommendation, the worship building is to be used exclusively by the school’s students and staff.

More than 1200 submissions in response to the application were received from the public including 463 objections, 610 non-objections, 162 of conditional support and three neutral.

The City can only make a recommendation on the approval with the ultimate decision lying with the Metro Outer Joint Development Assessment Panel (JDAP).

At Wednesday night’s council briefing session, seven people made written deputations against the development.

One person was registered to make an in person deputation in support of the college but did not speak.

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