Chief Minister Andrew Barr will push ahead with planning for the redevelopment of tennis courts at Telopea Park School, despite a possible compromise site for a new childcare centre being considered.
On Wednesday, the Telopea Park School Parents and Citizens Association called for community consultation over the relocation of the Manuka Occasional Childcare Centre and for a halt to the planning of the redevelopment of the tennis courts and other facilities while a site near the Griffith shops was considered.
The government has transferred ownership of the tennis courts from the school in a land swap deal to benefit the Canberra Services Club redevelopment. The plan, and poor consultation, has been met with opposition from members of the school community.
Parents and Citizens Association president Paul Haesler called on the government to halt planning while the Griffith site was considered.
"In the meantime, we call on the Education and Training Directorate to stop making plans for the school that assume the tennis courts are lost," Mr Haesler said.
"The directorate is currently forcing the school to prepare a 10-year master plan on an absurdly rushed timescale that is clearly focused not on providing responsible long-term planning for the school, but on providing a veneer of legitimacy for the government's short-term plans."
He said the government planned to bulldoze the tennis courts after the school year finished.
Mr Barr said the courts were the government's preferred site and it was in the school's interest for officials to continue to work on the plans.
The Chief Minister is overseeing the issue because of the involvement of the government's Land Development Agency. Work is continuing in consultation with Education Minister Joy Burch.
"For the new $800,000 sporting facilities funded by the ACT government to be ready for students at the start of the 2016 school year, planning has to continue," Mr Barr said.
"However, I have agreed to consider an alternative site if somewhere appropriate can be found and I have asked the Land Development Agency to look at any other sites while this work takes place."
Mr Barr said no other suitable sites had been identified for the new facility.
"The Land Development Agency has only begun initial discussions with the Griffith community, and they are working through any issues that are being raised before determining whether the site would be appropriate," he said.
On Monday, Griffith Narrabundah Community Association foundation member Jerry Fitzgibbons said he was unhappy the association's executive agreed in June to keep discussions about the local site under wraps.
It comes after the LDA and Education Directorate instructed Telopea principal Kerrie Blain not to tell the school's board or parents about the tennis court plan until the government had prepared a communication strategy.
Mr Haesler echoed comments from MOCCA director Robby McGarvey, calling for clarity on the centre's place in the community.
Ms McGravey called for information from the government and welcomed the intervention of Greens minister Shane Rattenbury.
Mr Haesler said: "We want to see the decision that led to the loss of the school's land revisited and reversed, and our community campaign to save Telopea sports fields will continue until that is so."