Club eyes re­serve

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

THE Town of Vic­to­ria is con­sid­er­ing all op­tions in­clud­ing Harold Ros­siter Re­serve for a syn­thetic turf hockey fa­cil­ity.

A large gallery at­tended the coun­cil’s meet­ing on June 11, where it moved to look at al­ter­na­tive op­tions for the fa­cil­ity and re­ceived a busi­ness case for it to be lo­cated at the re­serve.

The Vic­to­ria Park Xavier Hockey Club (VPXHC) is look­ing to move from its cur­rent lo­ca­tion at Fletcher Park so it can build a syn­thetic turf fa­cil­ity to keep up with other clubs around the metro area.

The club’s pre­ferred op­tion was the Harold Ros­siter Re­serve but some mem­bers of the com­mu­nity have ex­pressed their con­cern about this.

Public mem­bers formed the Harold Ros­siter Re­serve Com­mu­nity Ac­tion Group (HRRCAG) to voice their con­cerns, in­clud­ing the en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact of the fa­cil­ity, the loss of green space and the lack of public con­sul­ta­tion to date.

At the meet­ing, the coun­cil re­solved to list $2.57 mil­lion for the hockey club for con­sid­er­a­tion in the Town’s long-term fi­nan­cial plan and ap­prove that it’s net con­tri­bu­tion for the project to be one third of the to­tal cost of the project.

HRRCAG mem­ber and St James res­i­dent Kate McNally said she was happy that the town would un­der­take public con­sul­ta­tion as part of its res­o­lu­tion.

“I don’t ac­cept that public con­sul­ta­tion should not have al­ready oc­curred but it’s bet­ter late than never,” she said.

“The group will look to par­tic­i­pate in ev­ery­thing we can and we will keep a sharp eye on the process.”

VPXHC pres­i­dent Ryan Wil­lis said the club was sat­is­fied with the out­come of the meet­ing.

“We can now move on to make some ro­bust de­ci­sions about where we are go­ing,” he said.

“This has been a long time com­ing so we can il­laf­ford any de­lays.

A re­port will come back to coun­cil in Oc­to­ber about the pos­si­ble lo­ca­tions for the fa­cil­ity.


Vic­to­ria Park is con­sid­er­ing ap­prov­ing a syn­thetic turf hockey fa­cil­ity at Harold Ros­siter Re­serve.

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