Res­i­dents ‘con­sulted’

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - From page 1

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 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.

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