Game on for new oval

Fremantle Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Leah Roberts

IT is out with the old and in the with the new as the Town of East Fre­man­tle looks to re­vi­talise the oval precinct.

East Fre­man­tle chief ex­ec­u­tive Gary Tuf­fin said the oval precinct project was es­tab­lished to de­velop a mas­ter plan for the area.

“The en­tire precinct is sit­u­ated on an A-class re­serve bounded by Moss, Fletcher, Allen and Marmion streets,” he said.

“It is recog­nised as a high-value com­mu­nity space, and in­cludes Locke Park, Sump­ton Green Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, East Freo Play­group, East Fre­man­tle Foot­ball Club, East Fre­man­tle Bowl­ing Club and East Fre­man­tle Cro­quet Club.

“There was gen­eral agree­ment the cur­rent fa­cil­i­ties are com­ing to an end of their use­ful life and need to be re­placed.”

Mr Tuf­fin said there was a va­ri­ety of dis­cus­sions about the de­signs.

“There was rel­a­tively strong com­mu­nity at­ten­dance, with over 40 peo­ple at­tend­ing each ses­sion,” he said.

“The op­tions ex­plored the pos­si­bil­i­ties of refurbishing ex­ist­ing fa­cil­i­ties and also con­struct­ing new.

“Gen­er­ally, the feed­back from par­tic­i­pants has been very pos­i­tive.

“Most peo­ple have been very happy with the level of com­mu­nity en­gage­ment and the re­sult­ing con­cept.”

Mr Tuf­fin said project engi­neers GHD would col­late in­for­ma­tion from the com­mu­nity de­sign.

“They will pre­pare a com­pre­hen­sive re­port for the Town of East Fre­man­tle,” he said.

“It is im­por­tant to re­mem­ber this is the first step in what will be a lengthy process that will re­quire more con­sul­ta­tion, and the de­vel­op­ment of a de­tailed busi­ness plan.”

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