Interesting development inÂ Sydney’sÂ South:
When citizens make enough noise and stand up for their rights decisions can be reversed.
By FATIMA MRAD
THE State Government will buy back the site of the proposed Islamic school in Bass Hill or “it will be acquired by compulsory acquisition”.
State MP for Bankstown Tony Stewart has announced that he has received advice from the Department of Education indicating a proposal to build a special school for students with a disability at the Johnston Road site adjoining Bass High School.
“I am advised that if the College is unwilling to dispose of the land, it will be acquired by compulsory acquisition,” Mr Stewart said.
Al Amanah College purchased the land from the Department in 2006, and a proposal to build a primary and secondary school for 1200 students was met with opposition from local residents and Bankstown Council, who cited several planning grounds as the reason for objection.
In May 2009, the Land and Environment Court ruled in favour of the school, and the judgment referred to whether Bankstown Council would have raised as many issues with the application had it been for an Anglican school.
Some background info from Garth on how the site was aquired:
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Mr Stewart said he’s been informed that the Department has approached Al Amanah College to negotiate their proposal to construct a school for students with a disability on the site.
“There is a demonstrated need, within our local area, for a special school that caters for students with a disability,” Mr Stewart said.
“I have been making strong representations to the Government, over a long period of time, for the need in our local area to construct a school for students with a disability.”
“The Department would be negligent of the needs of such students not to take advantage of this opportunity.
Mr Stewart said he’s been advised that the proposed special needs school would be a “relatively small facility that would not adversely impact on local residential and traffic amenities”.
Al Amanah College could not be reached for comment at the time of printing.