We’ve got to consider oval planning carefully
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.