OVAL PLAN AMUSES PREMIER

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By ROSANNA CAN­DLER

PREMIER Colin Bar­nett says he is “amused” by the City of Su­bi­aco and WA Foot­ball Com­mis­sion making plans for the fu­ture of Su­bi­aco Oval, when the de­ci­sion is ul­ti­mately in the State Gov­ern­ment’s hands.

The AFL will move from Su­bi­aco Oval to the new Perth Sta­dium at Bur­swood in 2018.

“The sit­u­a­tion with Su­bi­aco Oval is that the land is owned by State Gov­ern­ment, and this has not been made clear,” Mr Bar­nett told the Western Sub­urbs Weekly last Fri­day.

“WA Foot­ball Com­mis­sion doesn’t own it; they have sim­ply a lease with Su­bi­aco Coun­cil.

“Su­bi­aco Coun­cil doesn’t own it; they sim­ply have been given the land on a vest­ing ba­sis by the State Gov­ern­ment.

“I sit back and I’m amused by the WA Foot­ball Com­mis­sion say­ing what they’re go­ing to do with the land and Su­bi­aco Coun­cil say­ing what they’re go­ing to do with the land when the fun­da­men­tal point is nei­ther of those two bod­ies owns the land.”

At the coun­cil meet­ing last Tues­day, coun­cil­lors de­layed ap­prov­ing planned 12-month con­sul­ta­tions with the State Gov­ern­ment and key stake­hold­ers to de­velop a fu­ture vi­sion for the oval. Mayor Heather Hen­der­son said the item would be de­ter­mined at a meet­ing tonight.

“We asked the chief ex­ec­u­tive to get some clar­i­fi­ca­tion on the vest­ing or­ders (a doc­u­ment that dic­tates what ac­tiv­i­ties can be held at Su­bi­aco Oval) be­fore we go any fur­ther,” Mrs Hen­der­son said.

“We just wanted clar­i­fi­ca­tion that, when we go out with our North Su­bi­aco Town Plan­ning and Ur­ban De­sign Study doc­u­ment and throw it in front of all th­ese peo­ple that we will be talk­ing to, that the vest­ing or­der can man­age that sit­u­a­tion.”

Cr Julie Mathe­son pre­sented a pe­ti­tion signed by 519 res­i­dents to coun­cil­lors call­ing for Su­bi­aco Oval to be re­tained and re­de­vel­oped as the home of the West Coast Ea­gles (WCE) Foot­ball Club.

The Su­bi­aco Vil­lage Re­tail­ers As­so­ci­a­tion pe­ti­tion was also pre­sented to the WCE board of direc­tors.

The pe­ti­tion sug­gested that WCE mem­bers could use the oval’s en­ter­tain­ment fa­cil­i­ties be­fore and af­ter games, park near the train sta­tion and travel to the new sta­dium, ben­e­fit from shop­ping and en­ter­tain­ment in Su­bi­aco’s CBD and make use of new res­i­den­tial hous­ing fol­low­ing the re­de­vel­op­ment of Princess Mar­garet Hos­pi­tal and west end of the oval.

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