Group criticises reserve plans
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.