Hockey needs to progress

The Sunday Times - - YOUR SAY WA -

Re: your Page 18 story last week about Mt Clare­mont Oval. West­side Wolves has a nearly 90-year pres­ence in the western sub­urbs.

In 2018 it was WA’s most suc­cess­ful ju­nior club. It has 38 ju­nior teams and in its time it has fur­nished five Aus­tralian cap­tains (men and women).

Hockey has changed and syn­thetic sur­faces have greater fi­delity and prove more ef­fi­cient and durable. The club is seek­ing to build a new pitch on the most un­der­utilised sport­ing precinct in Ned­lands.

Only the Jets grid­iron team is based there and their sea­son does not co­in­cide with hockey.

They will ben­e­fit from the im­proved fa­cil­i­ties. Th­ese days it seems you can say any­thing and be be­lieved, and op­po­nents of the project are do­ing that. Last Sun­day’s shot of nay say­ers was ac­com­pa­nied by the usual un­truths: The kids won’t use it . . . un­true (if it gets built); there will be a barbed wire fence . . . un­true; Wolves will get rid of the oval

. . . please ex­plain how, it’s a ge­o­graph­i­cal fix­ture; lo­cals have been “rail­roaded” . . . how, as this process has taken a year? Lo­cally and on so­cial me­dia the al­le­ga­tions are worse, prob­a­bly be­cause the case against is weak — we’ll cut down trees, drugs will be sold in the carpark, it’ll be a fire risk, al­co­hol will creep into the nearby school and, of course, Carn­aby’s cock­a­toos will be dec­i­mated.

The lo­cals who claim the area as theirs are wrong. Every ratepayer is en­ti­tled to use it and some­where in the western sub­urbs there needs to be fa­cil­i­ties for all the sports played there. The thou­sands of hockey play­ers in those clubs de­serve that.

In this en­vi­ron­ment of lo­cal ac­tivism, right-think­ing peo­ple need to stand up or we will never progress. RIC CHARLESWORTH Ned­lands

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