Securing community access to new Beaumaris school

24 February 2016

Council is actively seeking assurances from the Victorian Government for community access to school facilities outside of school hours at the new Beaumaris High School.

Bayside Mayor, Cr James Long said Council was committed to supporting the success of the new school but puts a high priority on securing existing community access to recreation and sporting opportunities.

“We are very pleased with the State Government’s progress in meeting its commitment to establish a stand-alone school for Beaumaris,” Cr Long said. 

“We are concerned that future community use will gradually diminish as a consequence of the Melbourne Cricket Club’s involvement in developing the site. 

“I have written to the Minister for Education, Hon James Merlino MP and met with his advisers to seek assurance that no final decisions will be made without disclosure and consultation with the affected users.

“Council has invested funds in maintenance and improvements to the oval over many years to enable clubs to play cricket and soccer. Other community uses include basketball, the Beaumaris Farmers Market and dog walking. 

“Loss of this facility to schedule sport training and fixtures would be difficult to absorb with no nearby alternatives available to cater for club requirements.

“This would mean splitting teams across different venues resulting in a loss of belonging within the clubs and logistical challenges. This would also have knock on effects for other clubs that would need to share facilities,” he said.

Council will continue to strongly advocate that facilities at the new Beaumaris High School provide ongoing community access.  

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