City wants say on oval’s fu­ture

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Quick Find - By ROSANNA CAN­DLER

SU­BI­ACO Mayor Heather Hen­der­son says the City of Su­bi­aco is al­ready a few years be­hind on preparing a fu­ture vi­sion for Su­bi­aco oval when AFL leaves the venue in 2018.

At a coun­cil meet­ing last Tues­day, coun­cil­lors voted 11-1 to utilise its North Su­bi­aco Town Plan­ning and Ur­ban De­sign Study to form the ba­sis of dis­cus­sions with the State Gov­ern­ment and key stake­hold­ers in de­vel­op­ing a fi­nal vi­sion for Su­bi­aco oval.

“We prob­a­bly should have done this a few years ago, it is get­ting to the cut­ting edge now,” Mrs Hen­der­son said.

“We can­not let the de­ci­sion go to the State Gov­ern­ment with­out a whis­per from us.

“Peo­ple are itch­ing to get into con­ver­sa­tion with us about the fu­ture of Su­bi­aco oval.

“We have al­ready seen a pro­posal for a wa­ter park, and there will be many more. Un­less we are set up to lis­ten (to th­ese pro­pos­als) we are go­ing to look really fool­ish.”

Cr Julie Mathe­son said she be­lieved the City had no stake­hold­ers left to con­nect with, be­cause Premier Colin Bar­nett had “scared them off”.

Cr Mathe­son said Mr Bar­nett was res­o­lute in his plan to de­mol­ish the oval for apart­ments and of­fice space.

“(As well as turn­ing away the WA Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion), he has con­vinced the West Coast Ea­gles that they have no fu­ture at Su­bi­aco oval, so they are making some agree­ment with Lath­lain Park,” she said.

“Ac­cord­ing to the Premier, he has con­trol over the oval, he doesn't want any com­pe­ti­tion with the new sta­dium and Su­bi­aco Oval is go­ing.”

Cr Paul Cle­ments’ amend­ment to en­cour­age open pub­lic space in the Su­bi­aco oval fu­ture vi­sion was ap­proved 8-4.

“There is a line in the sand here. We are go­ing to have a de­mand for open space, so let's put it front and cen­tre,” Cr Cle­ments said.

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