De­lays in her­itage gates re­pair

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By ROSANNA CANDLER

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.

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