City urged to re­tain oval

Avon Valley Gazette - - NEWS -

MORE than 60 peo­ple at­tended a com­mu­nity pic­nic at Mid­land Oval last Sun­day, call­ing on the City of Swan to turf its plans to de­velop the ground into res­i­den­tial, com­mer­cial and re­tail space.

Greens MLC Tim Clif­ford, who or­gan­ised the event, said peo­ple had con­sis­tently come into his of­fice to ex­press their con­cern over the plans.

“This devel­op­ment will build over the top of Mid­land’s last re­main­ing green space,” he said.

“The com­mu­nity has been cam­paign­ing against in­ap­pro­pri­ate devel­op­ment on the oval for over 25 years.

“The turn- out on Sun­day shows they haven’t given up. It’s time that the City put a stop to this devel­op­ment.”

Mid­land res­i­dent Sue D’Al­ton said the oval held spe­cial mem­o­ries for lo­cals.

“I re­mem­ber com­ing here as a child to watch bike races and visit my grandma who lived on The Cres­cent,” she said.

“This place is spe­cial to me and I don’t want to see it built up with of­fice and re­tail space we don’t need.

“The coun­cil can keep its pi­azza and let us keep our public green spa­ces.”

In an event mir­ror­ing the oval’s of­fi­cial open­ing in 1901, Mr Clif­ford and Mid­land MLA Michelle Roberts planted a tree to mark the com­mu­nity’s de­sire to see the oval re­tained as public green space.

Mrs Roberts said the cur­rent plans need to be turfed.

“We need a heart of green in Mid­land; it’s what peo­ple want and they are very dis­ap­pointed in the coun­cil’s plans,” she said.

City chief ex­ec­u­tive Mike Fo­ley said it had worked with the com­mu­nity for years to en­sure any devel­op­ment of the Mid­land Oval met ev­ery­one’s needs.

“The draft Mid­land Oval Re­de­vel­op­ment Plan ( MORM) was pre­pared con­sid­er­ing pre­vi­ous con­cep­tual plans, past com­mu­nity feed­back, plans and re­ports, in­clud­ing Di­rec­tions 2031 and Perth and Peel @ 3.5mil­lion and Mid­land as a Strate­gic Met­ro­pol­i­tan Cen­tre,” he said.

“Since then the MORM has been the sub­ject of ex­ten­sive com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion and coun­cil dis­cus­sion. Feed­back re­ceived has been used to in­form the de­sign and re­designs, in­clud­ing in­creas­ing the amount of green space. Public open space now makes up 18.8 per cent of the amended MORM, up 5 per cent from the MORM en­dorsed in Novem­ber 2015.”

Greens MLC Tim Clif­ford and Mid­land MLA Michelle Roberts plant a tree to sym­bol­ise the com­mu­nity’s wish to keep the Mid­land Oval as a public green space.

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