A sinkhole has opened up in the Sydney suburb of Bayswater, which has forced the closure of schools and the closure in some parts of the city of around 5,000.
Key points:The samphire glass and metal detector was set to be installed at Bayswood High School and surrounding area, but was pulled off due to the size of the holeThe glass and detector was to be mounted at Betson Road, Bayslake, but the hole is now a matter of timeThe school is the only residential property in the areaThe school has been closed and classrooms have been evacuated after the hole was discovered in a garden at Boesham Road in Baysworth on Monday.
A glass and aluminium detector was due to be put in place at Bysons school, but has been pulled off after the size and location of the gaping hole was revealed.
The sampshire glass detector was part of the Bayswoods Integrated Fire Protection Scheme (BIPS) and is set to run in Betsons school.
The school was evacuated on Monday and students were sent home, but not all the classrooms have now been evacuated.
It was only last month that the school’s fire alarms went off and students had to leave the school.
School principals said they had been informed of the problem and had advised that the samphires were not safe and were no longer in place.
But the hole remains and the school has now been shut down and is no longer open to students.
Principal Michael Brown said the school was closed because of the “unacceptable risk” and would have to close again, should there be a need to do so.
“We are trying to get a bit of a closure out of it and it’s only a matter in time,” he said.
“The school will be closed again and we will be having to close the school again if there is an emergency.”
A school spokesman said they were “disappointed” with the decision to remove the detector, and would be consulting with the building company.
“Bayswood is a community school that offers an exceptional education to our students and staff, so the school would never put safety at risk,” he told the ABC.
“It is regrettable that the Betswood School is closed due to a sampharine glass detector.”
Bayswater is about 200 kilometres north of Sydney.
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