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School redevelopment community consultation

By Special G 25 September 2007 26

The comrade has brought in Purdon Associates to “consult” with the community on what to do with the existing school sites once they close. The word on the street is they have to submit the report by next week so the one and only chance to put your say in is happening now before the gubmint decides what to do with them.

Apparently there is a stage two consult where they tell us what they are doing and let us bash our heads against the wall trying to oppose the bad decision.

Many pages on Purdon’s website are down – coincidence maybe?

List of meetings.

Location – Uniting Church Hall
Cnr Sternberg Cres and Comrie St, Wanniassa
24th September 2007
Start: 5:45pm for 6:00 pm
Finish: 9:00 pm

Location – Marathon Room, Australian Institute of Sport
(Entry via Visitors’ Centre)
Leverrier Cres, Bruce
25th September 2007
Start: 5:45pm for 6:00 pm
Finish: 9:00 pm

Woden/Weston Creek
Location – Olympus Room, Helenic Club
Matilda St, Phillip
27th September 2007
Start: 5:45pm for 6:00 pm
Finish: 9:00 pm

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sepi 8:22 am 28 Sep 07

They started it way back in around 2000 with their changes to land zoning.

I remember then Simon Corbell held a meeting with Downer residents who were angry that 80% of the suburb had been zoned for development.

He called the meeting at short notice on grand final day. Interesting timing…. but he lost out – the meeting was packed anyway.

So did any bother going to thiese school meetings?

miz 9:57 pm 27 Sep 07

It’s all about the ‘DAD’ (faux consultation) method – Decide, Announce, Defend. This is not genuine consultation. They’ve done this non-consultation with schools, water recycling, public housing changes, and now this. AND it pisses me off that the forum times are impossible to attend if you have young children! Surely these parents are the major stakeholders in this issue?

sepi 9:46 am 26 Sep 07

WAtson High is no longer a TAFE but it is packed to the gills with community groups – a learner driver centre, an it business, a print gallery and workshop, an orchestra etc.

And the capacity remains to reopen it as a school if required in 10-20 years.

There is a massive baby boom in the last couple of years in Canberra, and these kids will all have ot go to school somewhere.

Glimmertwins, a decline in schoolage kids mean a suburb is filled with pernsioners. They then move on, and first homebuyers move in. They then have kids. Population is known to be cyclical.

An existing primary school (bonython) was designed as a ‘temporary’ school, with capacity to be turned into an aged care facility after a few decades. This is the type of forward planning that we need. Unfortunately it was ignored by this govt, who closed a neighbouring schoool, and kept that one open.

Maelinar 9:28 am 26 Sep 07

I’m all for superschools. I’m going to be proactive and raise mini-Maelinar to be a bully. That way, she will be used to lording it over a larger flock of people at an earlier age.

Thumper 8:08 am 26 Sep 07

And with projected population growth, which is being pushed by the Stanhope government, there can only be one outcome in that there will simply be a lack of schools, or places to build them.

Does anyone think that all of this appears to be leading towards a large number of superschools in the future, a la Ginninderra?

andy 7:44 am 26 Sep 07

they’ve already started work on what was GDHS… lots of fences up, big piles of dirt being pushed around ? (hmmm…. is there some kind of metaphor in there…)

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