Turf times at re­serve

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - FRONT PAGE - Aaron Cor­lett

SOME com­mu­nity mem­bers are con­fused and con­cerned about a po­ten­tial syn­thetic hockey fa­cil­ity at Harold Ros­siter Re­serve.

A NUM­BER of com­mu­nity mem­bers have shared their con­fu­sion and con­cern about what the Town of Vic­to­ria Park’s de­ci­sion tonight re­gard­ing a syn­thetic turf fa­cil­ity at Harold Ros­siter Re­serve will ac­tu­ally mean.

Fol­low­ing the com­ple­tion of a busi­ness case that de­tailed the op­tions of build­ing the fa­cil­ity at the re­serve, the coun­cil will tonight vote on rec­om­men­da­tions to in­ves­ti­gate al­ter­na­tive lo­ca­tions and po­ten­tially put aside $2.57 mil­lion for it in the coun­cil’s draft long-term fi­nan­cial plan.

The fa­cil­ity would cater for Vic­to­ria Park Xavier Hockey Club, which wants a syn­thetic turf fa­cil­ity like many other hockey clubs in Perth but can­not build one at their cur­rent home at Fletcher Park.

The South­ern Gazette pre­vi­ously re­ported on a group of res­i­dents who have formed the Harold Ros­siter Re­serve Com­mu­nity Ac­tion Group fol­low­ing con­cerns that the public has not been in­formed about the con­cept and its po­ten­tial im­pact on the area.

At the coun­cil’s elected mem­bers brief­ing ses­sion on July 4, com­mu­nity mem­bers voiced their con­cern about the en­vi­ron­men­tal and so­cial im­pacts the fa­cil­ity would have.

Par­ents and peo­ple as­so­ci­ated with the hockey club ex­pressed the need for the fa­cil­ity, as play­ers were mov­ing to other clubs that have syn­thetic turf fields.

Harold Ros­siter Re­serve Com­mu­nity Ac­tion Group mem­ber and St James res­i­dent Kate Mc­Nally said she was con­cerned about global in­fra­struc­ture en­gi­neer­ing con­sul­tancy com­pany AECOM’s busi­ness case.

“AECOM’s re­port was a bit odd; they’ve listed op­tions that aren’t re­ally what the com­mu­nity wants,” she said.

“It seems as though other op­tions, other than Harold Ros­siter Re­serve, are bet­ter but with this rec­om­men­da­tion it looks as though the re­serve will be one step ahead of the other op­tions.”

The costs for a min­i­mal de­vel­op­ment at the site has been es­ti­mated to be about $2.5 mil­lion while an op­ti­mal de­vel­op­ment has been slated to cost al­most $5.5 mil­lion, ac­cord­ing to the busi­ness case.

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