Please Build a P-12 School in Williams Landing, VIC
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Williams Landing is one of the fastest growing suburbs in Victoria, Australia. Williams Landing had been identified by the state government as a Major Activity Centre and Priority Development Zone, and was set to become a major social and commercial destination in Melbourne’s west.
Williams Landing is a connecting point for two other fastest growing suburbs: Point Cook and Truganina. Because of the location and the transport infrastructure, most of the residents in surrounding suburbs comes into or bypass Williams Landing every day.
To accommodate the increased residential demand, Wyndham City Council approved numerous medium density (town houses) and high density (apartments) developments in Williams Landing, apart from regular houses. These will make Williams Landing one of the highest population density suburbs in Melbourne’s west.
Despite of increased current and future needs, Williams Landing is not provided a school by the government so far. Not having a school in Williams Landing has forced families to move out, and resulting in increased traffic congestion in surrounding neighbouring suburbs: Truganina South, Truganina, Point Cook and Seabrook, which are already struggling with traffic due to poor connectivity, resulting in reduced community productivity overall.
We believe every child has a basic right to attend their school within easy reach; however evidence based researches show Williams Landing is the most disadvantaged suburb in Wyndham even with one school.
Existing and proposed schools in surrounding suburbs: Truganina South, Truganina East and Seabrook, won’t meet the needs for this fast growing region.Those schools are either too far away not accessible by children or already under enormous enrollment pressure and it will become worse as population grows fast in the Melbourne's West.
The local and state government knew this issue since 2014, but so far there is still no progress. We urge the government to look at this issue seriously continue to invest in developing the Education State and to recognise that approval of high density town houses and apartments must go hand in hand with school provisioning in advance. We urge the government to recognise this urgent need in Williams Landing and Wyndham more broadly, all relevant bodies: Victorian State Government, Wyndham City Council and Cedar Woods work proactively together to put the much needed P-12 school in Williams Landing as soon as possible.
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