Council calls play on over oval
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.