Third AFL team call to save oval

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that con­cerns the Subiaco com­mu­nity, but peo­ple from all of WA,” she said.

“Now that the Ea­gles are mov­ing south of the river, north of the river will want its own team.”

The op­tion would in­clude re­de­vel­op­ment of the Subiaco Oval precinct to in­clude train­ing fa­cil­i­ties, the abil­ity to host an AFL game day or night, of­fice ac­com­mo­da­tion, mem­ber fa­cil­i­ties and clu­b­rooms, a pub­lic theatre to watch sport, res­i­den­tial ac­com­mo­da­tion, ac­cess to pub­lic trans­port and short-stay ac­com­mo­da­tion.

AFL games will be played at the new sta­dium at Bur­swood from the start of the 2018 sea­son, with the West Coast Ea­gles re­lo­cat­ing their train­ing and ad­min­is­tra­tion fa­cil­i­ties to Lath­lain Park.

Cr Mathe­son be­lieved an­other AFL team should be an op­tion.

“WA has some of the high­est at­ten­dance at Subiaco Oval com­pared with oth­ers around Aus­tralia,” she said.

“The ques­tion is whether the AFL Com­mis­sion be­lieves a third AFL team would can­ni­balise sup­port for the Ea­gles and Dock­ers or if it would in­vig­o­rate the lo­cal mar­ket to the same ex­tent seen in Mel­bourne, where der­bies have be­come a key part of the foot­ball cal­en­dar.”

An ap­pli­ca­tion to her­itage-list Subiaco Oval is still with the Her­itage Coun­cil.

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