Moving the International School of Western Australia (ISWA) to the Doubleview Primary School site was part of the Barnett Government’s western suburbs school strategy; a plan which was intended to free up the City Beach Senior High School site so that it may be reopened in the future to cater for the projected population growth in the area. The Government has since scrapped that plan and instead built and opened Bob Hawke College, at Kitchener Park in Subiaco. Despite the ISWA move now being unnecessary, the process continued.
Mature trees have been removed at the Doubleview Primary site, much to the dismay of the community. The community already has far less than the minimum amount of green space recommended for physical and mental wellbeing. It stands to lose more as the ISWA move project continues. The Government has been unable to provide justification for the move, nor its intentions for the City Beach High School site. Its history of poor decision-making and lack of community consultation has caused great distrust within the community.
Alison will continue to raise her concerns about the ISWA move and to work with the Doubleview community.