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Junk food outlets near schools raises “red flags”

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The organisation representing WA P&Cs want to see junk food stores banned near schools.

WA Council for State School Organisations believe there is a gap in the draft school planning policy, which was released by the State Government for public consultation. It’s classed as “undesirable” for the common boundaries of school sites to be used for outlets such as bars, service stations and liquor stores. WACSSO want to see fast food outlets added to the list.

WACSSO President Pania Turner told Oliver Peterson they’re concerned about the obesity rates in children.

“One in five children have these issues, they have life long issues if it’s not addressed.

“So we think it really isn’t appropriate for a fast food restaurant to have a common boundary with a school site.”

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