Cockburn Gazette - - OPINION - Lisa Thomas - Re­porter

A THIRD WA-based foot­ball team is a far-fetched idea, but one that could save the Su­bi­aco we know and love from be­com­ing an­other con­crete jun­gle. The City of Su­bi­aco is try­ing to find ideas to save the oval and avoid the State Gov­ern­ment turn­ing this his­tor­i­cal sport­ing land­mark into high­rise apart­ments. Su­bi­aco is known for its leafy streets and green open space, so to lose Kitch­ener Park and the oval would be detri­men­tal to the sub­urb. A her­itage list­ing ap­pli­ca­tion is cur­rently be­ing pro­cessed with the Her­itage Coun­cil, but if it’s un­suc­cess­ful, will a third foot­ball team be pos­si­ble? Sup­port for foot­ball in WA is among the strong­est in Aus­tralia, with crowds at Su­bi­aco Oval fall­ing just be­hind Mel­bourne, so could it work? A new team could open up mem­ber­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties, and also give peo­ple liv­ing north of the river a chance to have our very own team to sup­port.

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