I am a retired teacher living near The Forest High School and, like other residents, am concerned about a local development that typifies the state government’s disdain for our communities.
The Northern Beaches Council (recently amalgamated, still under the direction of the state government-appointed administrator) recently released a draft precinct structure plan for the Northern Beaches Hospital (next door to Forest High).
In this draft plan the current high school site has been set aside for the “Urban Core” of the hospital precinct. A new school is supposedly planned about a kilometre away. Local politicians (notably Brad Hazzard, state Liberal member for Wakehurst) have assured locals that the current school would not close until the new school was ready.
The government obviously hopes for a windfall from the school site being sold to developers for the Urban Core development.
My concern is that if the draft plan is gazetted unchanged there will be extraordinary pressure to commence work on the Urban Core.
It will take years to have the new school ready for occupation. One wonders whether Mr Hazzard’s was a “core” promise, and where the staff and students of The Forest High will spend the next few years.