City of Subiaco - Council statement: Subiaco Oval surface to be retained for community use
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Council statement: Subiaco Oval surface to be retained for community use
Friday 15 December 2017

The City of Subiaco Council is happy to be a real stakeholder in the State Government’s redevelopment of Subiaco Oval and Kitchener Park, with access to the oval and quality design principles key priorities for the city.
The City of Subiaco holds a management order over the site, and the two parties are working together to reach an understanding about how the precinct will be developed.
With planning and preparations for the new Inner City College at Kitchener Park underway, the city has shared our community’s expectations about:

  • Maximising public open space
  • Access to Subiaco Oval for the public and junior sport
  • High quality designs that fit within the existing suburb and surrounds.    

Following on from the public release of school designs earlier this week, the Minister for Lands and the Minister for Education have committed to developing a shared user agreement for the oval to help alleviate pressure on existing playing areas in the city and ensure some form of general community use.
Comments to be attributed to City of Subiaco Mayor Penny Taylor:
“Council wants to work for a great redevelopment that'll last the next 40 years.
“We have been tasked with negotiating the best outcomes for the Subiaco community.
“We are excited about the school. We want the school to be built with design excellence and be part of the existing community – the city has a long history of positively sharing public school ovals and infrastructure with the wider community after-hours and on weekends.
“Our playing fields are crowded, and we are seeking to ensure that the Subiaco community has access to the oval for junior sport and community use. 
“Green space is very important in high density areas.
“We want the master planning to occur and it is important that the city has input now. We will work with the State Government as a key stakeholder representing the community.
“Earlier this year council adopted a set of principles that outline our community’s expectations and it is important that we continue to communicate these so our community has certainty about the future of this precinct.
“I am confident that we will reach an understanding on the future of the oval in the new year, with a number of positive discussions already held with the state government.” 
A Special Council Meeting was held on 13 December 2017 to consider a report about the Subiaco Oval Memorandum of Understanding. The resolution is as follows:
That Council:

  1. Authorises the Mayor and CEO to continue to negotiate an outcome with the State Government for the benefit of the community for future use of Subiaco Oval and Kitchener Park with any proposed agreement or understanding to come back to Council for approval.
  2. Place the decision on public record. 

Media contact:
Claire Lennon, Senior Communications Officer
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