City urged to retain oval
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.