Push to keep Subi oval rem­nants

POST Newspapers - - Letters - By BRET CHRIS­TIAN

Two last-minute bids to stop the to­tal de­mo­li­tion of Su­bi­aco Oval were made this week.

El­e­ments of WA’s her­itage-listed home of foot­ball, dat­ing back to 1908, should be re­tained for much­needed com­mu­nity uses once the oval precinct is given over to a school and high den­sity, high-rise hous­ing the sub­mis­sions said.

Week­end mar­kets and a foot­ball mu­seum could be in­cor­po­rated, Sharon Wil­liams told the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Re­de­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity on Mon­day.

At present the plan is to pre­serve only the 1930s main gates and to re­duce the play­ing sur­face to its 1935 di­men­sions.

The $23mil­lion ap­pli­ca­tion to de­mol­ish the oval next year states: “The vi­a­bil­ity of re­ten­tion of Su­bi­aco Oval in its cur­rent form with the grand­stands is low to nonex­is­tent.”

Of­fices and func­tion rooms inthe grand­stands could con­tinue to be used for their orig­i­nal pur­pose but “due to the dis­tinc­tive curved de­sign of the fa­cil­i­ties and the in­te­gral sta­dium seat­ing, it will be dif­fi­cult to re­tain and in­cor­po­rate into a new devel­op­ment”.

Su­bi­aco res­i­dent and coun­cil­lor Julie Mathe­son said that with high­rise, high-den­sity hous­ing planned for the area ev­ery com­mu­nity and sport­ing use for the site should be ex­plored be­fore de­mo­li­tion be­gins.

“It has not even been put out for pub­lic com­ment,” she said.

The pair made sub­mis­sions in Perth be­fore the meet­ing at which LandCorp and the MRA were to de­cide on the de­mo­li­tion.

If spec­ta­tor areas were in­cor­po­rated ju­nior foot­ball, women’s foot­ball and even WAFL games, soc­cer and rugby could be played there.

The light tow­ers should also be re­tained. They have been de­signed to fo­cus on the oval and avoid light spill to nearby houses.

An in­side source said their pre­sen­ta­tions were “well re­ceived”.

Re­tain­ing the foot­ball her­itage of Mel­bourne’s Vic­to­ria Park in Ab­bots­ford, for­mer home of the Colling­wood Foot­ball Club, and trans­form­ing it into a ma­jor lo­cal re­cre­ation space, has been a great com­mu­nity suc­cess.

Curved el­e­ments of the stands were pre­served to re­tain the sta­dium’s her­itage.

The for­mer Colling­wood park in­cludes a fenced foot­ball oval, com­mu­nity cen­tre at Vic­to­ria Park’s So­cial Club build­ing, pub­lic art and sculp­ture and is home to Colling­wood Foot­ball Club’s VFL matches – vis­i­tors are able to at­tend all games for free.

The old spec­ta­tor ter­races around the ground have been land­scaped to pro­vide a place for pic­nics and bar­be­cues with fam­ily and friends.

Dogs are al­lowed off-leash on the oval only when the ground is not in use for ap­proved sport­ing events, in­clud­ing train­ing.

The MRA is keen to start de­mo­li­tion as soon as pos­si­ble so it is fin­ished be­fore the first stu­dents move into the new Su­bi­aco high school next door in 2020.

Su­bi­aco res­i­dent Linda Rogers said two large more­ton bay fig trees near the Haydn Bun­ton Drive rail­way bridge, slated to be kept, could die from root dis­tur­bance be­cause the 12m ra­dius re­quired to pro­tect them had not been spec­i­fied.

The MRA also wants to take four ma­ture trees from the ground near the main gates.

“Once the oval is sur­rounded by 20-storey tow­ers, ev­ery bit of green­ery will be valu­able,” she said.

An MRA/LandCorp spokesman said the Su­bi­aco Land Re­de­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee meet­ing hap­pened on Mon­day morn­ing and the min­utes were still be­ing rat­i­fied.

“The LRC de­ci­sions (not the min­utes) will be up­loaded to the web­site within the next seven days,” he said.

Parts of Colling­wood’s for­mer home, Vic­to­ria Park, have been pre­servedfor com­mu­nity use.

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