A NEW agreement between the West Australian Government and the City of Subiaco will allow for future public access to Subiaco Oval and paves the way for master planning for the precinct.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two parties allows for the revocation of the Management Order over Subiaco Oval and Kitchener Park, with site works for the new Inner City College on the park to commence shortly.
The MoU confirms the retention of the Subiaco Oval playing surface and the inclusion of a 'green belt' to link Mueller Park to the Subiaco Oval playing surface.
A shared user agreement will be developed to enable access to the oval for students, junior sport, the general public and the West Australian Football Commission.
"There is enormous potential for this area of Subiaco and I look forward to seeing it develop into an inviting and vibrant place for students, families, residents and visitors to enjoy," Planning and Lands Minister Rita Saffioti said.
"Both the State Government and the City of Subiaco are seeking to maximise the benefit of the new inner city high school and the retention of the Subiaco Oval playing surface.
"The State Government will now take on management responsibility for the Subiaco Oval precinct, which will include school construction, future master planning, WAFC arrangements and the demolition of the grandstands.
"Master planning will now begin, taking on board previous work undertaken by the City of Subiaco on the North Subiaco Structure Plan and its associated community consultation."
A key focus of the future master planning for the precinct will be the inclusion of as much active recreation space as possible. Master planning will also address traffic, transport, access and parking arrangements, and heritage interpretation of the precinct.
City of Subiaco Mayor Penny Taylor described the redevelopment of Subiaco Oval and the surrounding area as the most significant development the City has seen for some time.
"The MoU demonstrates the constructive, co-operative relationship between the City of Subiaco and the owner of the project, the State Government," Cr Taylor said.
"We're pleased to have been able to secure public access to Subiaco Oval. We've said goodbye to elite football but gained a community oval and a new school. This is the first time in decades that Subiaco Oval will be opened up for public use.
"In working with the State Government to develop the master plan for the Subiaco Oval precinct we will continue to seek positive outcomes for our community, particularly in relation to the provision of publicly accessible active playing fields."