Hockey needs to progress
Re: your Page 18 story last week about Mt Claremont Oval. Westside Wolves has a nearly 90-year presence in the western suburbs.
In 2018 it was WA’s most successful junior club. It has 38 junior teams and in its time it has furnished five Australian captains (men and women).
Hockey has changed and synthetic surfaces have greater fidelity and prove more efficient and durable. The club is seeking to build a new pitch on the most underutilised sporting precinct in Nedlands.
Only the Jets gridiron team is based there and their season does not coincide with hockey.
They will benefit from the improved facilities. These days it seems you can say anything and be believed, and opponents of the project are doing that. Last Sunday’s shot of nay sayers was accompanied by the usual untruths: The kids won’t use it . . . untrue (if it gets built); there will be a barbed wire fence . . . untrue; Wolves will get rid of the oval
. . . please explain how, it’s a geographical fixture; locals have been “railroaded” . . . how, as this process has taken a year? Locally and on social media the allegations are worse, probably because the case against is weak — we’ll cut down trees, drugs will be sold in the carpark, it’ll be a fire risk, alcohol will creep into the nearby school and, of course, Carnaby’s cockatoos will be decimated.
The locals who claim the area as theirs are wrong. Every ratepayer is entitled to use it and somewhere in the western suburbs there needs to be facilities for all the sports played there. The thousands of hockey players in those clubs deserve that.
In this environment of local activism, right-thinking people need to stand up or we will never progress. RIC CHARLESWORTH Nedlands