At a special meeting on June 21, the council unanimously passed a staff recommendation to advise the WA Planning Commission to approve the Eagles’ application which will also be considered on the same day.
The council report said the location of the two ovals and future building envelope was determined during the Major Land Transaction Plan process undertaken between the Town, the Eagles and Perth FC in 2013.
“Whilst there is community concern in relation to a number of matters including the removal of trees, parking, traffic and removal of the dog-exercise facility, the proposal is consistent with that which has been contemplated for many years, consulted with the community and previously supported by council,” it said.
Renew Life Program director Warren Bow acknowledged that the submission of the application to start the groundworks could “appear to be rushed”.
“There may be a perception that this is a rushed project,” he said.
“The DA that relates to the forward works has been necessitated by the requirement to have two growing seasons for the turf that will be on the two ovals that will be provided by the WCE under this DA.”
Mr Nisbett said the only trees being removed were those necessary to enable the layout of the two oval configuration and the new training, administration and community centre.
He said they were all fundamental elements of the project.
He rejected claims that residents had not been involved in consultations since the project started three years ago.
“At the most recent open day in May, which more than 500 attended, the community feedback was overwhelmingly positive,” he said.
Mr Nisbett said groundworks for the two ovals was expected to start within “coming weeks”.
Perth FC chief executive officer Marty Atkins said the club was very appreciative of its inclusion in the planning to develop the Lathlain Precinct.
Ms Coltrona said an online petition had been started at change.org with about 1500 signatures collected so far.
A special electors meeting was held on July 13 and a raft of motions was passed at the meeting. They will be considered by the Victoria Park council at its August 9 meeting.