OVAL REQUIRES ITS STRAIGHT ANSWER
THERE is a taunting cruelty in letting the executioner’s blade hang over Subiaco oval. Like with all injured beasts – either make the decision to revive it, or put it out of its misery. Construction of the $1.4b Perth Stadium is hurtling towards completion, with AFL set to move in with its younger, more attractive new squeeze in 2018. Over the past few years, plans for Subiaco oval have induced hopeful little flickers of life that fizzle almost immediately: the council’s second campaign in 2013 to keep AFL, building a new stadium at Kitchener Park, and ill-placed hopes to attract a third local AFL football team. Opportunist proposals are making headlines: could Subiaco house Australia’s first man-made wave park? How about Subicon Valley, complete with a 40-storey apartment tower? But back to reality. We can only hope that council’s decision to kickstart discussions about the future of Subiaco oval will cut through all this noise, rumour and confusion and finally deliver some straight answers.