Group crit­i­cises re­serve plans

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Mayors’ Messages - By LISA THOMAS

THE fate of JK Lyon Re­serve at Dou­ble­view Pri­mary School is still un­known af­ter the Metro North West Joint Devel­op­ment As­sess­ment Panel de­ferred the ap­pli­ca­tion ear­lier this month.

The JDAP panel voted to de­fer the pro­posal, which would see a re­place­ment of Dou­ble­view Pri­mary School built on the re­serve, to seek fur­ther advice from the WA Plan­ning Com­mis­sion.

Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Peter Col­lier an­nounced in Septem­ber the In­ter­na­tional School of WA (ISWA) would move to the Dou­ble­view site in 2019, with $15 mil­lion to be spent on up­grad­ing the ex­ist­ing fa­cil­i­ties.

He as­sured res­i­dents and par­ents that the re­build­ing would be ben­e­fi­cial to Dou­ble­view in the long term.

Save Dou­ble­view Oval Ac­tion Group spokes­woman Claire Shar­man said it was ap­palling the way the State Gov­ern­ment had han­dled the pro­posal.

She said she hoped the JDAP panel con­sid­ered the impact the loss of green open space would have on the stu­dents and com­mu­nity.

“They are mak­ing short sighted de­ci­sions that will af­fect fu­ture gen­er­a­tions,” she said.

“One of the big is­sues is the loss of the green space. Dou­ble­view has the least amount of green space in com­par­i­son to other sub­urbs in the City of Stir­ling and we should be pre­serv­ing any green space that is left, not de­vel­op­ing it.

“The stu­dents’ well­be­ing is at stake with this devel­op­ment with both schools be­ing well un­der­sized. The plan­ning guide­lines re­quire a 14-hectare site for the two schools, and they are look­ing at squash­ing them both onto this tiny 5.8-hectare site. The stu­dents and the com­mu­nity need green open space."

The re­serve is named af­ter late deputy prin­ci­pal John Kevin Lyons.

Mr Lyons’ daugh­ter, Mary Har­vey said her fam­ily were not told by the State Gov­ern­ment about plans to de­velop the oval and found out af­ter a pe­ti­tion was launched to save the re­serve.

“My fa­ther was the deputy prin­ci­pal at Dou­ble­view for over 22 years and was a pas­sion­ate sports­man,” she said.

“He coached school and state cricket and foot­ball teams, and en­cour­aged his chil­dren and many of his stu­dents in all sports.

“We are ex­tremely dis­ap­pointed that we were never con­sulted about the demise of the JK Lyons oval and ex­actly what the Coun­cil or Ed­u­ca­tion Depart­ment had in mind for the re­lo­ca­tion of Dad’s me­mo­rial.

“He was so proud that the com­mu­nity hon­oured him in that way.”

Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion act­ing ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor (in­fra­struc­ture) Milan Tri­funovic said the Depart­ment had been in con­tact with the Lyons fam­ily.

“The Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion has been in con­tact with the fam­ily of John K Lyons since Novem­ber about the re­de­vel­op­ment of the school site, which will see part of the re­serve re­tained while the new Dou­ble­view Pri­mary School will be built on the east­ern por­tion of the oval,” she said.

“We will con­tinue to recog­nise John K Lyons’ con­tri­bu­tion to the school in the name of the re­serve and work with the fam­ily to look at any ad­di­tional nam­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

The JDAP will re­visit the ap­pli­ca­tion next month.

Mem­bers of Save Dou­ble­view Oval Ac­tion Group at the re­serve.

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