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East Canning Vale Primary School
Anger over powerline route past school
West Australian 15 November 2001
Story by Daniel Clery


Anger over powerline route past school


Parents and children protest against a plan to run powerlines close to their new school (Picture Mogens Johansen)


Parents have accused the Education Department of putting the interests of a land developer ahead of schoolchildren over the placement of high-voltage powerlines.

Parents of children who will attend East Canning Vale Primary School when it opens next year are outraged over a decision to allow lines to be built near the school.  They claim it will expose students to dangerous levels of electromagnetic radiation. 

The 132-kilovolt transmission lines were originally planned to run through land being developed for housing.

Instead, they are to run 20m from the school's building and play areas, after Western Power and the department agreed to a developer's request to re-route the lines.

One parent said she would refuse to enrol her children if the lines went ahead.  She knew many parents who felt the same way.  Some recent research suggested a link between child leukaemia and radiation from powerlines.

Education Department director of facilities Stephen Harvey said he understood the concern but experts had assured the department the realignment presented no health risks.

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