Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

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.

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