TOWN of Bassendean residents will be consulted through the $45 million State Football Centre redevelopment process in Ashfield.
The Eastern Reporter reported Football West’s decision to confirm Ashfield Reserve as the preferred location for the training and administrative facility last week.
Football West chairman Liam Twigger confirmed Football West had endorsed a business case and would concentrate on securing the appropriate funding.
Town of Bassendean Mayor John Gangell said the Town was waiting for a formal announcement to be made by the State Government and hoped there would be a great outcome for the residents.
“The Town is very conscious of the need to engage and undertake consultation with all stakeholders and residents in the Town,” he said.
“We also do not want to miss out on the opportunity to have such a wonderful investment coming to the Town.”
However, Bassendean resident Carol Siedel said the proposal was not a positive for Bassendean.
“All the residents that live around (Ashfield) are going to be highly impacted with increased traffic; that is my concern,” she said.
“I do not think everyone was terribly happy at the thought of having Football West suddenly having a stadium there and creating a whole heap of parking and lighting issues.
“They are going for the cheapest option and not really thinking about the impact it is going to have on the community.”
Bassendean MLA Dave Kelly said he would be meeting with Football West next week to discuss the project.
“The project has the potential to deliver new sporting facilities for Ashfield but more community consultation is needed,” he said.
“The community need to know whether related infrastructure like the Ashfield train station will be included in the project.”
Department of Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies said the Department had recently completed the business case.
“The business case considered in detail four sites identified as being suitable for a State Football Centre; Ashfield Reserve, Subiaco Oval/Kitchener Park, Burswood Precinct South and Whiteman Park,” she said.
“The board of Football West has endorsed Ashfield Reserve as their preferred location for a State Football Centre.
“Funding decisions will be a matter to be considered by Government and will most likely require a contribution from Football, the Commonwealth and State governments.”