Delays in heritage gates repair
HERITAGE Subiaco Oval gates damaged during a police chase and car crash in early January may not be repaired in time for the start of the 2015 AFL season.
A WA Football Commission (WAFC) spokesman said the repair scope and approval process was a “protracted exercise” because the gates were heritage-listed.
“To date, the engineer has prepared the scope, provided a copy to the Heritage Council for approval and is currently in the tendering process for contracting the remediation works,” he said.
“The works will not commence until approval is received, so will not be ready for the (pre-season) match this Sunday.”
City of Subiaco Mayor Heather Henderson said it was “crucial” that the gates were repaired before the start of the season.
“I went down there last week thinking, ‘I’m sure it must be completed by now’, but it has not started,” she said.
Subiaco Council unanimously voted to apply to the Heritage Council for the Subiaco Oval playing field to be placed on the State Heritage Register, at a committee meeting last week.
Mrs Henderson said the heritage listing would be a very positive move.
“We’ve got the North Subiaco Precinct document out that suggests higher densities around the oval,” she said.
“So I think it will be a benefit to our community in keeping the recreational green space for the future (after AFL moves to the new Perth Stadium in 2017).”
The City and WAFC this month engaged historian Prue Griffin from Hocking Heritage Studio to document Subiaco Oval’s history.
Ms Griffin’s research will include the oval’s construction, uses, associations and social history from precolonial times to the present day.
Information, photographs and objects collected will be used to identify themes and storylines to inform a future interpretation plan for the site.
WAFC facilities and planning director Geoff Glass said the project would assist in bringing the character and “soul” of Subiaco Oval into the new Perth Stadium.
The research project will be completed in mid-2015.