Fair play over fake turf plan

Stirling Times - - News - Vic­to­ria Ri­fici

CITY of Ned­lands chief ex­ec­u­tive Mark Goodlet will present a feed­back anal­y­sis re­port on West­side Wolves Hockey Club’s pro­posed syn­thetic turf fa­cil­ity to coun­cil in March 2019.

Cr Cilla De Lacy’s mo­tion that the City re­ceive com­mu­nity feed­back on the pro­posal, as well as the pe­ti­tions launched against the pro­posal, and for an act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive to an­a­lyse the feed­back and pro­vide a rec­om­men­da­tion, was ap­proved at a meet­ing last week.

“We have a hockey prob­lem here and we are a city that pro­motes sport; we need to ap­prove this mo­tion and it needs to be done from a hockey per­spec­tive,” Cr De Lacy said.

West­side Wolves Hockey Club pro­posed to estab­lish a syn­thetic hockey pitch and club fa­cil­i­ties at Mt Clare­mont Re­serve.

Ned­lands res­i­dents, prop­erty own­ers, user groups, sport­ing clubs and asso­ciations voiced their opin­ions from Oc­to­ber 25 dur­ing the two-month com­mu­nity en­gage­ment pe­riod.

About 1130 peo­ple sup­ported the pro­posal, 930 were against and 15 were un­sure.

Cr Leo McManus said the is­sue at­tracted con­sid­er­able com­mu­nity at­ten­tion.

“We re­ceived 2000 re­sponses dur­ing com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion and only 1000 for the Lo­cal Plan­ning Scheme,” he said.

“It’s ab­so­lutely amaz­ing as a coun­cil­lor and I should be ex­pected now to come to a con­clu­sion about the process and with­out a re­port from ad­min­is­tra­tion we won’t know what these re­sults were about.”

Cr Ben Hods­don said the cre­ation of a com­mu­nity feed­back anal­y­sis re­port was a mat­ter of fair­ness and due process.

“We need to do some­thing with feed­back and Cr De Lacy’s fore­shad­ow­ing mo­tion does this,” he said.

“If Mt Clare­mont was not suit­able, we can look at other pos­si­bil­i­ties.”

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