Coun­cil calls play on over oval

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By ROSANNA CAN­DLER

CITY of Su­bi­aco coun­cil­lors voted to move on to the next item of busi­ness rather than con­sider plans to de­velop a vi­sion for Su­bi­aco oval last week.

With football fi­nals fever in full swing ahead of last week­end, Mayor Heather Hen­der­son said she un­der­stood why there was par­tic­u­lar in­ter­est in the re­port to the coun­cil.

“Coun­cil­lors made a pro­ce­dural mo­tion to move on to the next item of busi­ness, how­ever that does not pre­clude re­con­sid­er­a­tion,” she said.

“There are many balls up in the air at the mo­ment and we are still wait­ing for some of those to fall into place be­fore we know what the true pic­ture is go­ing to look like.”

For­mer chief ex­ec­u­tive Ian Hill said the City was al­ready in a unique po­si­tion to work with stake­hold­ers and de­velop a shared vi­sion for the oval precinct.

Mr Hill said the City had com­pleted a “great deal” of work re­lated to Su­bi­aco oval, in­clud­ing the North Su­bi­aco Ur­ban De­sign Study and a re­cent as­sess­ment of the so­cial, cul­tural and eco­nomic im­pact of the 2018 re­lo­ca­tion of AFL football on the Su­bi­aco town cen­tre.

“Col­lab­o­ra­tion and co-op­er­a­tion beat con­flict and con­fronta­tion ev­ery time,” he said.

A mo­tion by coun­cil­lor Mark Burns that the City ap­ply for the Su­bi­aco Oval play­ing field to be placed on the State Her­itage Register for its “un­ques­tion­able so­cial history” was car­ried unan­i­mously.

How­ever, Premier Colin Bar­nett last week told the ABC that he saw “no virtue” in main­tain­ing the ground.

“I think you main­tain some of the her­itage of it; I imag­ine there’d be some park­land, open space within it that may re­flect a sort of a football history,” Mr Bar­nett said.

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