Doubleview: Development assessment panel to decide fate of JK Lyons Reserve next week

Mary Harvey, Mary Lyons and Claire Sharman are among many residents who are trying to save JK Lyons Reserve. Picture: Andrew Ritchie
Mary Harvey, Mary Lyons and Claire Sharman are among many residents who are trying to save JK Lyons Reserve. Picture: Andrew Ritchie

THE Metro North West Joint Development Assessment Panel (JDAP) will meet tomorrow to decide the fate of JK Lyons Reserve at Doubleview Primary School.

The proposal, which was deferred by JDAP last month , is seeking approval to build a new Doubleview Primary School on the oval.

Education Minister Peter Collier announced in September that the International School of Western Australia would be relocating to the site in 2019 and sharing the land with the new $15 million primary school.

Resident and Save Doubleview Oval Action Group spokeswoman Claire Sharman said she would be speaking at the meeting in an attempt to stop the proposal.

She said she hoped the panel would listen to community concerns and reject the proposal.

“Losing JK Lyons Reserve will mean losing almost 25 per cent of Doubleview’s active open space. In a suburb that already has the least amount of green space compared with other suburbs this is unacceptable,” she said.

“Locating two grossly undersized schools on a site of only 5.8 hectares will result in a lack of space for future primary school students within six years, when you consider current growth projections.”

The panel will meet tomorrow at the Stirling council chambers to discuss the proposal.