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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : January 14th 2009
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, January 15, 2009 13 NEWS Mayor Lesley Furneaux-Cook outside Burwood Girls High School. Growing concerns BURWOOD Mayor Lesley Furneaux-Cook has urged Planning Minister Kristina Keneally to consider the impact of the State Government's Metropolitan Strategy on schools. The pair met before Christmas to discuss a range of council concerns arising from the proposed growth target of 7700 extra homes, including the need for additional social infrastructure, particularly for schools such as Burwood Girls High which have reached capacity and Burwood Public School which estimates enrolments will grow by 500 in the next 20 years. ''According to the Department of Edu- cation and Training all schools in Burwood are on restricted sites, most are fully occupied and are experiencing high or increasing demand,'' Cr Furneaux-Cook said. ''Council is unable to provide funding for increased densities on-site or increase land requirements to ensure appropriate educational standards for existing and future students.'' The State Government has also applied to Infrastructure Australia seeking funding for the M4 East extension. ''This project is crucial in order to provide relief to the strong commuter and freight flow predicted through the Inner West,'' the mayor said. She also said the minister had agreed to talk to the Transport Minister about upgrading Burwood railway station, which is expecting an increase from 12,260 passen- gers to 21,000, based on an extra 2410 homes and increased commercial space.
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