Bassendean: Parents stage blockade to halt destruction of school oval

Bassendean Primary School parents blockade the car park site with a knit-in.

8 Sep – Parents at Bassendean Primary School, in Perth’s east, have stepped up their protest to stop a car park being built on a section of the school’s oval by mounting a blockade to prevent work going ahead.

A $1.3 million administration block is being built on the school’s existing car park, and the Education Department said planning regulations meant 15 per cent of the school’s playing field must be removed to create 22 new car bays.

Parents of children at the school argue there was insufficient consultation before the building plans went ahead and that the car park will rob students of outdoor green space.

The contractor had already begun work on the car park, but around 20 protesters arrived at 6am Tuesday and successfully prevented construction workers from entering the building site.

Parent Kylie Turner told 720 ABC Perth that the group felt they had no other option.

“We have sent letters, we have sent emails, we have had meetings with the school and meetings with the department and so far our protests have fallen on deaf ears,” Ms Turner said.

“We are here today because nothing we do seems to get their attention.

“Unfortunately we have to have a knit-in to get them to have a conversation.”

Despite building work already being underway, Ms Turner said the protestors believed it was still possible to get plans changed.

“I think we can be successful,” she said.

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