Subiaco Oval has been included as a permanent entry on the State Register of Heritage Places following four years of advocacy by the City of Subiaco.
The Subiaco Oval site had previously only been listed on an interim basis, but was upgraded to a permanent entry on 14 August following the gazettal of the Heritage Act 2018.
The site has significant intangible heritage value and is recognised for its contribution to the social and sporting history of Subiaco and Western Australia.
The Subiaco Oval entry gates have been listed on the State Heritage Register since 2000. The listing of the entire Subiaco Oval site will now help to ensure that the playing surface is also protected.
City of Subiaco Mayor Penny Taylor said the listing was a win for the City as heritage interpretation and recreation spaces were community priorities for the Subi East Redevelopment.
“The City is continually working with the State Government to ensure the community’s wishes are at the forefront when decisions about Subiaco are being made,” she said.
“After demolition, the oval playing surface will be reinstated and used by the general public, junior sports and students at Bob Hawke College Subiaco,” she said.
The City of Subiaco has been lobbying the State Government to officially recognise the site’s heritage significance since 2016 when its nomination to list the oval was considered by the Heritage Council of Western Australia but not approved.
In 2017 the City re-nominated Subiaco Oval for listing which was approved on an interim basis and then made permanent in 2019.
Last month, the State Government approved the $227 million Subi East Redevelopment project and master planning is set to begin later this year.
The State Government has committed to recognising the heritage of Subiaco Oval through the master planning process.
“Throughout the master planning phase the City is investigating other opportunities for active and passive recreation, arts and cultural offerings and heritage interpretation,” Mayor Taylor said.