Julie Matheson

CFP Business Specialist | Local Government Expert | Political Adviser

Subiaco Reserve Design Guidelines

Many residents across Perth are spending their WA Day long weekend drafting written submissions on design guidelines for the biggest heritage listed reserve on any railway station in metropolitan Perth, formerly known as Subiaco Oval.

It sounds easy to protect WA State Heritage. It’s already listed!

It should be easy to write a couple of paragraphs to support the heritage of green open sporting space next to a school and for the benefit of new density infill from Subiaco, Leederville and West Perth. It’s not, because the government wants to sell off Subiaco’s heritage listed reserve for high-rise blocks of flats right next door to Bob Hawke College.

The Reserve Design Guidelines are out for tick a box consultation. Here’s what we support:

  1. Multi-storey high-rise buildings set back from the heritage listed reserve on Subiaco Road north, Roberts Road south, Princess Margaret Hospital and Hay Street East connecting to West Perth.
  2. Four storey height limits on buildings opposite Perth Modern School to prevent overlooking into student playgrounds and open areas.
  3. Two-way Hay Street and Roberts Road to promote linkages to West Perth, slower traffic and to encourage more visitors to Subiaco’s shopping and entertainment precincts from connecting areas
  4. A traffic management plan including safe passage for 3,400 students and cyclists in the education precinct and bordering streets such as Railway Parade, Loftus Street, Thomas Street, Cambridge Street, Roberts Road and Subiaco Road.
  5. Design any buildings to remove overlooking around schools to guarantee security and digital privacy for students and residents using the Reserve for sporting events
  6. Access to the reserve from the West Leederville Train Station for sporting groups and visitors to enjoy the amenity and the cultural and heritage history of the area
  7. A new replica 1908 grand stand to enjoy sporting events and house the cultural history of football at Subiaco Oval and the installation of the WAFL Sandover Medalist Walk tablets along Roberts Road to the heritage listed Entry Gates
  8. Maintain what’s left of the reserve after 1.73ha was used to build Bob Hawke College
  9. Protecting the State Heritage listing of the former Subiaco Oval for its social and cultural history
  10. The 1903 petition signed by hundreds of residents from Leederville, Subiaco, West Perth and Perth to have the reserve recognised as ‘A’ class reserve. Petitioners listed three points for the preservation of the Reserve;

“1. That the Reserve referred to is not secured to the people by a fixed tenure, and may possibly be diverted to other uses. 2. That we earnestly desire to have the Reserve placed in Class A for the health and recreation of the people for ever. 3. It virtually adjoins the three Municipalities of Perth City, Subiaco, and Leederville, and would prove priceless boon in the future to the large population settling around it. We therefore beg your earnest and favourable consideration for the prayer of your petitioners”

Gazetted A Class Reserve in 1904 under first Labor Premier Henry Daglish, former Mayor of Subiaco

Please make a submission before 11 June 2021 to have your say on the future of Subiaco’s Reserve formerly known as Subiaco Oval on the Development WA website. Click the link to Public Consultation, Subiaco Oval and Railway Precinct Design Guidelines. Thank you for your interest in this very important piece of WA heritage.

Reference: Draft Subiaco Oval and Railway Precinct Design Guidelines – DevelopmentWA – Shaping our State’s future

One comment on “Subiaco Reserve Design Guidelines

  1. Cathryn Bahen
    June 8, 2021

    I think this whole area should remain a green belt! I miss the oval but I have so enjoyed this area being open space and think it should remain so. As a long term Subiaco resident and local real estate agent, I fear we could could be over developed, with Subiaco East already in early stages of development and the city right on our edge.

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