We’ve got to con­sider oval plan­ning care­fully

POST Newspapers - - Letters To The Post - Paul Cle­ments Barker Road, Su­bi­aco

Plan­ning for fu­ture use of Su­bi­aco Oval is of huge sig­nif­i­cance.

The site was set aside for recre­ation more than 100 years ago. The only change now is that de­mand has in­creased, and will in­crease dra­mat­i­cally fur­ther with pro­posed de­vel­op­ment close by at the Princess Mar­garet Hospi­tal site, Pav­il­ion Mar­ket site, China Green, West Leed­erville, Su­bi­aco West precinct, and the oval it­self.

The new sec­ondary school will have needs.

There is more in­ter­est in sport gen­er­ally, with soc­cer and women’s sport show­ing huge growth for a start.

Ros­alie Park, a long way from Subi Oval, is fully com­mit­ted.

There are pro­pos­als to move Lords to Subi Oval.

This doesn’t stack up.

A new “Lords” would not in­clude all the courts, pool, gym, squash, bas­ket­ball, ten­nis, creche – and would con­sume the space re­quired for out­door team sports where the huge de­mand ex­ists.

Lords prob­a­bly has an in-situ value of $20mil­lion. It doesn’t make sense to trash that and cre­ate other de­fi­cien­cies.

Two hectares has been used for the school.

It would be a ma­jor plan­ning mis­take to over-de­velop the re­main­ing site with hous­ing in the face of ever-in­creas­ing de­mand for ac­tive sports use.

This de­ci­sion is for­ever.

Mar­garet Owen pho­tographed these two ru­fous whistlers in the bush in Un­der­wood Av­enue. The male,left, was singing heartily while the fe­male watched and lis­tened.

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