Friday, 22 October 2021

Subiaco Oval community use signed off

Signing of the Subiaco Oval Shared User Agreement has solidified the hours of community, school and sporting use and finalised responsibilities for maintenance and costs.

Access to active open space is a priority for the City and its community. The City has, for some time, prioritised negotiations with the West Australian Football Commission (WAFC), and the Department of Education to determine use and maintenance of the Subiaco Oval site. 

Students of Bob Hawke College have enjoyed Subiaco Oval for physical and outdoor education during school hours. Following the demolition of the stands the oval was opened to the community on 4 June 2020 for team sports and general public access while the details of the agreement were finalised. 

At its August Ordinary Council Meeting, Council unanimously endorsed the    Subiaco Oval Shared User Agreement (Agreement). The Agreement was executed by all parties on 21 October 2021 and will come into effect upon the vesting of a management order to the City from the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage. This is anticipated to occur in mid-2022. 

The City is in discussions with DevelopmentWA to establish an interim licence. This will facilitate the usage of Subiaco Oval on terms consistent with the Agreement until the management order is vested with the City and the Agreement comes into operation.

The Agreement outlines the days and hours of use, management, and maintenance of the oval. Future use of Subiaco Oval will now be shared by the community, Bob Hawke College, and the WAFC.

Mayor David McMullen said City staff had diligently worked with the relevant stakeholders to develop a shared user agreement all parties could agree on.

“I am pleased Council have endorsed the agreement and stakeholders have come together to achieve a positive community outcome. This is the final step in reinstating community access to this unique community space, which in recent memory had largely been inaccessible to all but professional sportspersons,” Mayor McMullen said.

CEO Colin Cameron said this tremendous collaborative effort sets a clear direction for the treasured oval.

“This agreement is a massive win for the community. Subiaco Oval is an iconic space, it means a lot to people all over Western Australia and can now truly shine.

“A united front from all stakeholders kicks a clear goal for junior and elite sports, community members, Bob Hawke College students and the West Australian Football Commission. I’m really proud of the role Council played in advocating for this green space to be accessible, and enjoyed by all, and for Council’s determination to see this agreement over the line,” Colin Cameron said.

Community use of Subiaco Oval
Community use of the oval is based around Bob Hawke College (BHC) students and the West Australian Football Commission use. 

Peak season – March to October, community access at all times except for the following:
  • BHC has use 8am to 4pm Mondays to Fridays
  • WAFC has use 6pm to 9pm Mondays to Wednesdays; 4pm to 9pm Thursdays; and 9am to 1pm on alternate Saturdays.
Off-peak season – November to February, community access at all times except for the following:
  • BHC has use 8am to 4pm Mondays to Fridays
  • WAFC has use 4pm to 9pm Mondays and Wednesdays; 8am to 10am Sundays.

The OCM minutes of 24 August 2021 are available on the City’s website and a recording of the meeting can be viewed on the City’s YouTube channel.

For more information on the Subi East Redevelopment Area visit and to see a summary of community engagement undertaken so far visit
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