Fremantle residents will be invited to have their say on the future use of surplus land at John Curtin College of the Arts.
They will have their say on a proposal to sell a portion of the site to fund a Performing Arts Centre.
Education Minister Colin Barnett today announced a joint public consultation program between the Education Department and the City of Fremantle on August 30.
In March Mr Barnett said a Performing Arts Centre worth $4.5 million would go ahead at the arts specialist school after the sale of an unused portion of its land.
However the move goes against a new City of Fremantle policy disallowing the sale or redevelopment of the school site.
Mr Barnett said asking the public for its opinion would show whether there was support for the proposal in the wider community.
“The consultation process will give residents an opportunity to put their views on the future use of surplus school land and its proposed sale to fund the arts centre,” the Minister said.
“While this new facility is essential for the new College of the Arts to pursue excellence in the performing arts and is strongly supported by the school community, there is concern from Fremantle City Council and some local residents about the use of sale proceeds to pay for the centre.
“We would like to canvass the views of local residents to seek their opinions.”
Mr Barnett said a Performing Arts Centre including facilities for drama, music and dance performances is planned together with facilities for television and sound.
He said consultation would occur at two levels - through interest groups and public meetings.
“We are bringing together groups of people who will provide structure and guidance to the consultation process and leadership at public meetings,” Mr Barnett said.
“Members of the interest groups include representatives of the City of Fremantle, Education Department, local precinct group, community, One People’s WA and the Fremantle Society.”
Mr Barnett said there would be two public meetings - the first on August 30 and the second on September 12 at 7pm at the school.
“I would like to see many members of the public come along to the meetings and consider the proposal from the Education Department and express their views,” Mr Barnett said.
“It is very important for parents of the community’s young people - and any adults in the wider community wanting to use the centre - to have input into the process.”
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