Vincent to consult with North Perth community over Haynes St Reserve

Published: Monday, 26 August 2019 at 2:22:24 PM

Vincent Council will soon commence consultation on the future of the Reserve on the corner of Sydney Street and Haynes Street in North Perth.

The City of Vincent will be running a community consultation workshop with local residents in November about the community facilities they would most value in this location for future consideration.

This approach follows the adoption of Vincent’s Public Open Space strategy, which identified a need for more parkland for the community in North Perth.

The City of Vincent owns the land currently leased to Kidz Galore Pty Ltd, the North Perth Playgroup Inc. and a Dental Health Service.

Council’s decision is also based on legal advice that part of the land is protected by a trust and can only be used for public recreation. This means that the Council cannot legally continue a commercial lease arrangement on a long-term basis for the site currently used by Kidz Galore.

 All of these services are greatly valued by the City of Vincent and the community, and Vincent Council’s decision ensures that these users will be part of the planning process and timelines, which are yet to be determined. 

The City will be consulting with the community on the best use of this land for residents including possible alternative options for the current leaseholders, which ensures the protected part of the land is used for public recreation.  

We know that hundreds of local children have, and continue to enjoy attending Kids Galore childcare on this site and that this is a high quality service for local families. There will be no short-term impact on this service and the City will work closely with Kids Galore on the continuing use of the site during the planning process. 

Whilst Kidz Galore has a current lease until 31 December 2020 and both the North Perth Playgroup Inc and the Dental Health Service have leases in place until 30 June 2021, no timeline is set on any changes to the Reserve.

First and foremost, community engagement and feedback needs to take place, including with those who use the existing services located at Haynes Reserve.

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