Oval should be kept as history: Mayor
MORE than 10 years after throwing her support behind the redevelopment of Subiaco Oval, Subiaco Mayor Heather Henderson still stands by her words.
“Subiaco is the sentimental home of football,” she said. “The oval is part of WA’S history.” Western Suburbs Weekly interviewed Ms Henderson in June 2006, after a State Government report outlining options for a multi-purpose sporting venue was released.
The Major Stadia Taskforce recommended that a new, major stadium be developed in the next 10 years within 1.5km of the CBD, with adjacent Kitchener Park and the old East Perth Power Station the preferred options.
The report also recommended high-quality public transport that would be used between 50 and 70 per cent should be targeted, and that the requirements of all sports should be considered equally when determining public investment stadia.
The third, less preferred option was to redevelop Subiaco Oval itself, which the WA Football Commission (WAFC) favoured as well.
“People spend cash going overseas to look at places of historical significance and yet we are prepared to knock ours down,” Ms Henderson said in 2006.
“Redevelopment would be the most viable and sound option strategically.”
The WAFC said in 2006 that it would cost $235 million to build a new 60,000-seat stadium, as opposed to $600 million for a new stadium.
The total cost of the Perth Stadium, which is due to be completed later this year, will be about $1.2 billion.