Busi­ness in a spin over Oval

Western Suburbs Weekly - - State Election ‘17 - By MON­TANA AR­DON

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.

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