Sport precinct design opposed

At a council meeting last week, the City of Nedlands approved the design, which includes a carpark, pavilion and playing fields, and to seek advertising consent from the WA Planning Commission.

Mt Claremont Ratepayers Group spokesman Graham Thompson said while he was not opposed to the school’s intention to build a sporting precinct, the design would devastate property values and ignite traffic issues. ‘We have received written advice from an independent reliable source that the proposed CCGS plan will result in a devaluation of their properties of between five and eight per cent,’ he said.

CCGS headmaster Garth Wynne said the school sought the best available technical advice to develop the site, which presented considerable complexities and limitations.

‘We are hopeful the Nedlands Council and the wider community will support the project, while acknowledging that there may still be some wary local residents who will need to be reassured,’ he said.

‘However, I am confident that in time the surrounding residents of this new site will be as satisfied by the amenity and benefits as those who live near our Mt Claremont sporting campus.’

Mr Thompson said he received advice from an engineer in developing three alternative concept plans that resolved residents’ concerns.

Nedlands statutory planning officer Elle O’Connor said the City did not consider any alternative plans.