MLA backs calls to re­tain oval

The Advocate (Perth) - - NEWS -

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.”

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