Vale Primary School dangerous: Greens
Courtesy of Gosnells Examiner)
Story by Daniel Clery
15th November 2001
who will send their children to the East Canning Vale Primary School are
not being told about a leukaemia threat from proposed neighbouring
powerlines, according to Greens (WA) MLA Jim Scott.
He accused Education Minister Alan Carpenter of keeping parents in the
dark about the 132,000-volt lines opposite the school (which is under
“The risk of leukaemia increases by a factor of up for four when
children are exposed to fields as strong as 10 milligauss,” Mr Scott
“High tension power lines originally set to run
through a housing estate will instead be placed along two sides of
the school … this back flip appears only to benefit the developers of
the housing estate.”
Protests from parents caused Western Power to stop the pre-construction
Utility spokesman Peter Winner said the lines will not be re-directed
until the Education Department or the developer provided an alternative
Mr Winner said the developer requested the line be moved.
“We (agreed) but a new route needed to be discussed with the
department,” he said
The Education Department and Mr Carpenter failed to comment before the Examiner
went to press.