Hun­dreds pe­ti­tion against devel­op­ment

Eastern Reporter - - Front Page - Lau­ren Pilat

MOV­ING Bayswa­ter City Soc­cer Club (BCSC) to Mor­ley should be con­sid­ered be­fore com­mit­ting $24.8 mil­lion to re­de­velop Frank Drago Re­serve, City of Bayswa­ter coun­cil­lor Chris Cor­nish said.

Last year the soc­cer club ap­plied to Bayswa­ter Coun­cil for an ex­pan­sion of its home ground, also home to bowl­ing, ten­nis and cro­quet clubs, to meet Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion stan­dards by 2019.

As a re­sult, a draft mas­ter­plan was de­vel­oped that in­cluded com­pli­ant pitches and sup­port­ing fa­cil­i­ties for the soc­cer club and shared clu­b­rooms for the other clubs.

The mas­ter­plan left the three clubs and lo­cal res­i­dents dis­ap­pointed, with a pe­ti­tion es­tab­lished dur­ing the com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion pe­riod that closed on May 8.

Mayor Syl­van Al­bert said the City was re­view­ing more than 100 sub­mis­sions re­ceived, to­talling more than 800 in­di­vid­ual com­ments.

Cr Al­bert said the draft pro­posal en­croached on the bowl­ing and cro­quet clubs’ avail­able space to al­low for more park­ing bays and public open space.

“A range of stake­holder com­ments pro­vided through­out the con­sul­ta­tion pe­riod are cur­rently be­ing re­viewed and con­sid­ered,” he said.

“A fi­nal plan is to be pre­sented for coun­cil for its con­sid­er­a­tion.”

At the time of go­ing to print, the pe­ti­tion had more than 380 sig­na­to­ries.

Cr Al­bert said once the City re­ceived the pe­ti­tion it would be up to coun­cil whether it wished to con­sider it.

He sug­gested BCSC should de­velop its re­gional fa­cil­ity at the Perth Bayswa­ter Rugby Club’s home ground Pat O’Hara Re­serve in Mor­ley and the rugby club move to Frank Drago Re­serve.

“Why knock down the BCSC sta­dium and do mul­ti­mil­lion dollar site works when the ex­ist­ing fa­cil­i­ties and pitches would be ideal for the rugby club,” he said.

“If the soc­cer club built their new sta­dium at Pat O’Hara Re­serve then there would be much less site works re­quired. Town plan­ner Greg Smith agreed and said the draft mas­ter­plan was non­sen­si­cal by cater­ing to one club, po­ten­tial park­ing de­mands neg­a­tively im­pact­ing lo­cal res­i­dents, tree loss and re­plac­ing oxy­gen-giv­ing grass with syn­thetic lawns.

Mr Smith said the re­gional soc­cer fa­cil­ity would be bet­ter off some­where like Mor­ley where the crowds drawn to the games could utilise lo­cal busi­nesses and trans­port op­tions in the area.

Both BCSC pres­i­dent Gerry Maio and Perth Bayswa­ter Rugby Club Alis­ter Mil­li­gan said the clubs were open to look­ing at all op­tions for their bet­ter­ment as well as their codes.

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