Community for Local Options for Secondary Education (CLOSE) is a groupof community-minded parents and supporters concerned about the shortageof public secondary school options for families living in inner city Sydney.
We are concerned about the lack of public secondary school options within easy access of theSurry Hills/Redfern corridor.We believe the current options of Balmain, Leichhardt and Alexandria Park do not meet theneeds of the families choosing to live in the inner city and that current infrastructure is outof step with the population boom occurring in these areas.Ferrying children to these schools or further afield is not sustainable and adds to trafficcongestion. Nor is it in line with City of Sydney and broader environmental policies.We are unwilling to fracture close community ties by sending our children to schools out of area.
We seek an undertaking from theDepartment of Education and relevantlocal authorities to:
Assess the impact of the inner city babyboom on high school numbers.Explore the possibility of opening upplaces for non-selective local students atSydney Boys and Sydney Girls HighSchools.Consider other in-area options includingthe re-purposing of former schools(eg Cleveland Street High, Riley StreetPublic School) or new schools to cope withthe influx of students. Advise our community and others similarlyaffected, of the medium to long-term DETplans for high schools in the inner city.
Please send signed petitions to:email: pr@ﬂyingstandard.comfax: 02 93806544mail: CLOSE 583 Sth Dowling St, Surry Hills 2010More info/media: Rebecca Croft 0403 773 021
Community for Local Optionsfor Secondary Education
Area highlights 1.5 radius from Crown Street Public School