Business in a spin over Oval
LOCAL businesses are divided over the future of Subiaco Oval after the AFL moves to Perth Stadium next year.
Pure Bar owner Michael Cutler said he supported a housing development on the site, which is less than 500m from his Hay Street business.
“There’s no use putting any WAFL there, it’s got to end up as high density living,” he said.
“There have also been talks about putting a water theme park, which I wouldn’t be opposed to.”
Table Culture manager Annette Rodriguez said if the site was eventually zoned residential, she would like to see a “sensitive development”.
“I would like to see it keep in line with the rest of Subiaco and the heritage feel,” she said.
“I would rather see low density than high rise.”
Ms Rodriguez said she did not believe a water park would fit with the rest of the suburb.
“A water park would not suit the area,” she said.
“We love the big trees, the green park spaces and the old buildings; that’s why we moved here.”
Mr Cutler and Ms Rodriguez agreed that the greenery of both Subiaco oval and adjacent Kitchener Park had to be retained.
Less than four weeks from going to the polls, the historic oval’s future has become an election issue.
Last week, the WA Football Commission rejected a deal from the State Government for $100 million over 10 years to compensate for losing the Perth Stadium contract to operator Venueslive.
Opposition Leader Mark Mcgowan has pledged to “fix the mess” straight away if elected, while Premier Colin Barnett said he was committed to ensuring a deal would be done so the Eagles and Dockers could play at Perth Stadium in 2018.
“The days of Subiaco Oval as a sporting facility, sadly, are over,” Mr Barnett said.
“Subiaco Oval is owned by the State Government, it is vested in the City of Subiaco and they lease it to the WA Football Commission.
“I believe the WAFC will relocate and share the WACA Ground with cricket; I think that’s a sensible outcome. I imagine then that the Subiaco Oval area will return to the State Government and it will be redeveloped to be a mix of sporting facilities, office accommodation and residential.”
Mr Mcgowan said Labor would commit to keeping the open playing field as part of any development of the Subiaco Oval site.
“There is a high demand for playing space across Perth and retaining the playing oval at Subiaco for community use is the smart way forward,” he said.
“The playing space or area equivalent will be retained as part of any future redevelopment of the whole Subiaco Oval site.
“WA Labor is also of the view that there are elements of the Subiaco Oval facade and entry points that should be retained as historical elements to preserve our cultural heritage.”
City of Subiaco chief executive Don Burnett said the council recently presented four options for the future of Subiaco Oval to the community.
“There was no commitment to keep any infrastructure other than the heritage-listed gates in these scenarios,” Mr Burnett said.
“The City’s primary focus is keeping Subiaco Oval and Kitchener Park as an active recreation facility.”
Subiaco held a special council meeting last night to consider legal advice on the City’s lease with the WAFL.
Read about the meeting at www.communitynews.com.au.