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Council decision: Subiaco Oval Precinct
Wednesday 21 June 2017
 

At a Special Council Meeting last night, the City of Subiaco Council voted in favour of a number of recommendations to progress the redevelopment of the Subiaco Oval Precinct.    
 
The decision follows last week’s State Government announcement about a plan to build a new public intake secondary school on Kitchener Park.
 
The council decision considers a number of elements across the broader precinct, and is line with the City of Subiaco’s North Subiaco Structure Plan, which was developed in consultation with the community and outlines a long-term vision for the area that includes Subiaco Oval and Princess Margaret Hospital.  
 
The resolution of the 20 June 2017 Special Council Meeting is as follows: 
That Council:
1. Note that although the State Government has decided to utilise Kitchener Park for a local intake secondary school, this is contrary to the City’s preferred position that this site be retained as an active sporting field. The City, however, supports working with the State Government to further the State’s proposal subject to the resolution of a range of significant issues.
2. Agrees to the development of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the State Government, to be signed by the relevant parties before formalising the ceding of Kitchener Park from the City’s Management Order, to address these issues including:
a. Management Order in favour of the City over Subiaco Oval;
b. The inclusion of Subiaco Oval as a permanent entry on the State Heritage Register;
c. Revised lease arrangements for the Western Australian Football Commission (WAFC), as a short or long term tenant, including appropriate financial arrangements;
d. Department of Education as co-user of Subiaco Oval;
e. Potential for a possible new co-shared multi use recreation facility with appropriate State government funding;
f. Acknowledgment by the State Government of the significant lack of open space in the inner western suburbs and the negative impact the new school will have on that. Considering the limited plans and information provided to date, Council considers that the amount of greenspace provided for active sports is insufficient and should be increased significantly;
g. Traffic, transport, access and parking arrangements to cater for all existing and proposed uses in the precinct;
h. Maintenance of a mutually agreed, suitable green belt link between Mueller Park and the Subiaco Oval playing space;
i. Construction of any school to allow for repurposing as demand changes;
j. A requirement that the active playing fields space is over and above the Subiaco Oval playing fields, equal to the 1.73ha of Kitchener Park and deliver the functionality contained in the Kitchener Common Master Plan, be incorporated in the overall design.
3. Notes the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority (MRA) currently operate a Subiaco Land Redevelopment Committee, with City of Subiaco Council representation and that this is likely to be the governing body for all planning and development matters in relation to this project.
4. Request the MRA, as project coordinators for the State Government, to convene a Project Liaison Committee/ working group with key State and Local Government stakeholders to incorporate key elements of the City’s vision for the Subiaco Oval Precinct noting that the city considers key stakeholders to include the Departments of Planning, Sport and Recreation, Education, Lands, Treasury, Housing (noting the upcoming Departmental changes), Town of Cambridge and the WAFC.
5. Appoints the Mayor and CEO as the City representatives on the Project Liaison Committee/working group. 

Comments to be attributed to City of Subiaco Mayor Heather Henderson:
“I am buoyed by the support Council has shown for working with the State Government to further this proposal and thank Minister Saffioti for inviting the City of Subiaco to be part of the conversation.
 
“We have put ourselves in a strong position to ensure a great result for our community.
 
“Council has outlined a number of outcomes it would like to see addressed in the planning for the new precinct.  
 
“This is about the total development of the overall precinct and gives the Subiaco Council and the community surety about the future use of the precinct. It is a complex, multi-layered project with long-term planning implications.  
 
“In particular, Council has identified an absolute need for active recreation space in the inner western suburbs and is committed to preserving and increasing this green space.
 
“Council’s view is that none of these conditions are insurmountable or should pose a problem to the project getting underway.  
 
“The City of Subiaco has a sound and positive relationship with the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority and we look forward to working closely with them in delivering this project.
 
“I also thank my fellow elected members for their work in canvassing the community and seeking feedback on this proposal and its benefits for the Subiaco community.”   
 
Media contact:
Alex Sare, Coordinator Communications and Engagement
T: 9237 9222 | 0408 201 232  
E: communication@subiaco.wa.gov.au