Purchase Play Space for Homebush West Public School
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We all expect our children to have somewhere to run around and play. At Homebush West Public School things are getting cramped. The school has grown dramatically in recent years and is set to accommodate more than 900 students in future years. Despite the best efforts of the school and the P&C to purchase play equipment and landscape grounds, the available space is too small. See Inner West Courier News Story
The situation is now urgent the last plot of available land adjoining the school is up for sale. If it's sold to a developer it will be lost forever.
The Homebush Community has had the support of our state and federal members and our local councillors in putting the lack of open space back on the agenda. The Department has moved its position a number of times and in 2016 purchased 13 Hornsey Road. The Council also confirmed the closure of Exeter Road in 2016 despite The Department of Education saying this would never happen.
Unfortunately, the Department is yet to return to the negotiating table for 11 Hornsey Road. Bureaucrats are saying that students will just have to live with the small site. This is despite current government plans to increase the Homebush population by 5 times its current size. This doesn't include the re-development of the Sydney Markets site.
The Government has sold off more than $68million in education sites but has only spent $16 million on new sites (see Channel 9 Coverage). They have also racked in developer fees for the massive high-density growth in Homebush West.
With a new Minister and new Premier, it is time to look at this again.
We want your help. By signing this petition we hope that our unified voices will be heard by the government and the Minister for Education. We need the Government to urgently purchase 11 Hornsey Road to provide the play area that the Homebush West Public School students deserve.
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Parents welcomed the government's announcements to replace demountable classrooms with permanent classrooms at the last state election. Parents were also aware that the State Government had a one-off opportunity to purchase additional land for the school with two blocks available. Plans were developed which included the land purchase but the State Government has walked away from negotiations.
The State Government is driving higher density housing through urban renewal. This is particularly stark in Homebush where the population is anticipated to increase from 4693 to 25 929 with a projected 14 228 dwellings from the current 1 721. See Strathfield Scene
The Government has promised to improve liveability within Homebush as part of the Parramatta Road Corridor “transformation”. However, as one of the first opportunities for the Government to prove it is serious about transforming our area it has decided against purchasing open space.
Instead of space, parents at Homebush West Public School have been given spin. The government’s key policy for schools of Local Schools, Local Decisions has simply been ignored with no public consultation on this issue and silence when it was raised prior to the last state government election.
It has been suggested by the Minister for Education’s office that more open space will be provided under the new design but it neglects to address two key issues. Firstly, the open space currently available is inadequate for students and any gains made through multistorey buildings will barely accommodate the current student population let alone the projected growth. Secondly, multi-storey designs for schools will necessitate the duplication of services on each floor including toilets, IT resources and library hubs. Notwithstanding, the impracticality and reduction in learning time of having a large number of children moving up and down flights of stairs (a lift won’t accommodate a class of children).
The Department is severely limiting the capacity of the Homebush West Public School Site. It also fails to recognise the current inadequate space. The issues are as follows:
- Student injuries are growing despite the best attempts of teaching staff
- The management of safety risks has severely limited the playground activities of students
- There is no access to other open space within walking distance
- Congested roads and parking surrounding the school create safety issues for students
- The After School Care Service run from the school has reached capacity.
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