By Claire Ottaviano
BEECHBORO Christian School has secured a new home after an independent panel approved a site for a new campus this month.
Construction will start early next year on the kindergarten to Year 6 campus at Crystal Turn in Bennett Springs.
Principal Michael Bolan said with more than 300 students, the school had outgrown its currently leased property on Marshall Road.
“This news is the Christmas present we have been working towards all year,” Mr Bolan said.
“After 30 years on leased land, our community will soon have a permanent home, and our new Early Learning Centre is just the beginning of this amazing transformation.”
The school is one of seven Swan Christian Education Association schools across Perth.
Parking and traffic safety concerns almost saw the application lose the support of Swan Council.
At its meeting on November 17, the council recommended the Metro Outer Joint Development Assessment Panel (JDAP) refuse the application because the school’s main entrance “provided an unsafe environment for pedestrians” and the parking layout “created dangerous pedestrian situations”, amongst other things.
However, the decision was revoked a week later in favour of supporting the application after the Swan Christian Education Association provided further information addressing concerns.
Under the JDAP approval a ‘kiss and drive’ plan will also need to be in place before the school opens.
Swan Christian Education Association chief executive officer Graeme Cross said the approval was tremendous news for the Beechboro community.
“It’s another step towards ensuring that our current and future students receive the best possible opportunities in their educational journey with us,” Dr Cross said.
“The enrolments are growing, and the team of architects and consultants have created learning spaces on the new site that will be beneficial for our staff and students for years to come.”
Construction of a purpose-built Early Learning Centre will start 2022 and the remainder of the school buildings will be transitioned across to the new school site in due course.