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The term Subi East Precinct was invented by the Landcorp and the MRA after Subiaco Council cancelled its Vesting Order over the Subiaco Municipal Reserve and handed over the WA Football Lease (1999-2090) and control to the State Government on 9 February 2018 signed by Mayor Taylor without compensation or funding for the City.
According to Subiaco Council’s website, Council made the following decision:
The Master Plan provides a football oval, two junior football ovals and up to seven rectangular fields in close proximity to West Leederville train station. It will be the biggest community sporting ground on any train station in the Perth metropolitan area and could be the best location for interschool sports, country week sports, and local community sports.
The sporting ground links Mueller Park with Subiaco Market Square. Other development included in the Master Plan:
Click here for the Kitchener Common Master Plan 2017
Click here for the MOU
Subiaco Oval and Recreation Reserve lot 12732 was placed on the State Heritage list on 2 March 2018, Place Number 23780. Heritage listing included the AFL playing oval, stadium structures, lights, gates, together as shown on HC Curtilage Map P11923-0
The Minister for Planning approved the demolition of the entire site on 1 July 2019. The demolition contract was awarded to R J Vincent and endorsed by the Administration of Subiaco Council and the MRA.
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In March 2019 Subiaco Council approved a new additional use of a Sporting Cultural Space for the Kitchener Common Master Plan. Council also approved up to $150,000 for a high level concept plans to be used to sell the idea to the community and the MRA and Landcorp.
These concept plans have not been released to the public as of 8/9/2019.
In February 2019, the Minister released a concept image of the plans for Subiaco Oval and Princess Margaret Hospital. The community were invited to have their say.
The significant differences to the Kitchener Common Master Plan include:
On 29 August 2019 the Minister for Planning released plans to spend $227 million with the expectation that it will attract $1 billion of private investment and 2,000 more homes built closer to public transport links (West Leederville Train Station). No mention of the sports space Subiaco so desperately needs.
At the same time the Mayor of Subiaco released a statement to say “the City was working with the State Government to ensure the redevelopment brought vibrancy to Subiaco”.
“We’re working to capitalise on opportunities and ensure the redevelopment fits in with Subiaco’s existing character,” Mayor Taylor said. “The project will create over 3.4 hectares of public open space including unlocking Subiaco Oval for community use. During master planning, the City will be advocating for our community’s priorities which include optimising public open space, high-quality design and heritage interpretation,” she said.
No mention of the sports space either!
Demolition of the former PMH site is expected to commence by the end of 2021, dependent on project requirements and further site investigations.
More updates will be posted soon.