MLA backs calls to retain oval
MIDLAND MLA Michelle Roberts has supported calls by cricket greats Tony Mann, Kevin Gartrell, Keith Slater and Dennis Yagmich to dismiss the City of Swan’s draft design and keep the Midland Oval in any redevelopment on the site.
Former Australian Test cricketer Mann said he played hundreds of games on the Midland Oval and he was unimpressed with the current design, which paves over three quarters of the oval.
His rejection of the plan was echoed by local cricket greats Gartrell, Slater and Yagmich, who want a new design that retains the oval.
Mrs Roberts said most local governments had lovely community parklands and there was no reason why Midland should have its only oval taken away to make room for more units.
“If you build apartments in this area it will be no different to apartments two blocks away,” she said.
“Look at what’s happened on Morrison Road and up and down the side streets, where 14 or 16 units are being built on big blocks that in the past were subdivided for two or three houses,” she said.
“If you retain the space and you put some multistorey development around the edge, the value of that would be so much higher.
“Too much paving and concrete will make it hot but mature trees and parklands will make it sell at a premium.”
City of Swan acting chief executive Steven Tan said the development included 19,000sq m of public open space, nearly the equivalent area of the oval.
“The current revised Midland Oval Redevelopment Plan adopted by council on January 30, 2017, includes over 17 per cent of green space,” he said.
“It’s important to remember that the Midland Oval redevelopment is larger than just the existing oval, encompassing the entire area within Morrison Road, Sayer Street, The Crescent and Keane Street.
“The development includes a passive recreational park adjacent to the residential precinct, creating amenity for both new and existing residents.”