Mid­land Oval de­bate

Hills Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Lisa Thomas

RES­I­DENTS for and against the Mid­land Oval Re­de­vel­op­ment Mas­ter­plan filled the gallery at the Swan City Coun­cil meet­ing on Wed­nes­day night.

Res­i­dent Graeme Har­ris was one of many res­i­dents at the meet­ing in sup­port of the pro­ject and hold­ing up lam­i­nated plans.

He told coun­cil­lors it was time to move for­ward with the pro­ject.

Francesca Ir­win spoke against the plans and said many res­i­dents felt they were not con­sulted prop­erly.

The plans for the re­de­vel­op­ment were ap­proved by the coun­cil in Fe­bru­ary last year and in­clude a ho­tel, re­tail and of­fice space, apart­ments, restau­rants and bars and 1.9ha of wind­ing open space and park­land to be built on the 11ha Mid­land Oval.

Greens MLC Tim Clif­ford spoke at the meet­ing and gave the coun­cil 1000 Valen­tine’s Day-themed post­cards, which were signed by res­i­dents say­ing they had not been con­sulted over the re­de­vel­op­ment.

Coun­cil­lor Ian John­son raised a mo­tion at the meet­ing ask­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive Mike Fo­ley to pre­pare a brief re­port to be given to the coun­cil on March 14 ex­plain­ing the his­tory of the oval land ti­tle from 1900 to the present day, in­clud­ing the his­tory of its zon­ing, the ac­tual use of the site, how the oval did not get es­tab­lished as a Crown Re­serve and the opin­ion of c1899 At­tor­ney-Gen­eral Sep­ti­mus Burt that the Mid­land Oval was “ded­i­cated to the pub­lic for all time”.

Cr Kevin Bai­ley spoke against the mo­tion and said all the ques­tions in the mo­tion had been an­swered pre­vi­ously.

The mo­tion was lost 411.

A spe­cial meet­ing of elec­tors will be held on March 13 to en­able res­i­dents to have their say.

Tim Clif­ford with res­i­dents who have signed post­cards of love to Swan coun­cil­lors.

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