Mid­land Oval plan gets go- ahead

Avon Valley Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Lisa Thomas

THE Mid­land Oval re­de­vel­op­ment mas­ter­plan will move for­ward af­ter years of de­lib­er­a­tion af­ter City of Swan coun­cil­lors ap­proved amend­ments to the plan at their meet­ing on Wed­nes­day night.

Con­struc­tion of the oval could be­gin as early as next month af­ter the coun­cil voted to ap­prove amend­ments to the adopted mas- ter plan, which in­cluded DeMol Group pro­ceed­ing with con­struc­tion.

The mo­tion put for­ward by Coun­cil­lor Mark El­liott also pro­posed an in­crease in green open space and an in­crease in pub­lic open space.

Coun­cil­lors also voted in sup­port of the Mid­land precinct oval busi­ness plan be­ing sent out for pub­lic com­ment for three months be­fore com­ing back to the coun­cil to be re­viewed.

Save the Mid­land Oval group spokesman Pa­trick Ir­win said he was ‘ un­der­whelmed’ with the de­ci­sion.

“I am un­der­whelmed that the coun­cil seems to think giv­ing 4500sq m in­crease in open space is some­how a great con­ces­sion,” he said.

“It’s ba­si­cally a carpark space and that’s sup­posed to make up for los­ing the oval.

“They’ve re­fused to lis­ten to the ba­sic points that thou­sands of com­mu­nity mem­bers have put for­ward and in­stead have de­cided to go ahead with a con­crete jun­gle.”

“There is no way in the world we will ac­cept this.

“We have not given them per­mis­sion to do this to our oval. We will be dis­cussing our next step.

“The coun­cil is at war with Mid­land.”

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