Oval should be kept as his­tory: Mayor

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

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.

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