East Fremantle oval precinct set for a change

East Fremantle Oval is one of the key sites within the East Fremantle oval precinct.
East Fremantle Oval is one of the key sites within the East Fremantle oval precinct.

IT is out with the old and in the with the new as the Town of East Fremantle looks to revitalise the oval precinct.

East Fremantle chief executive Gary Tuffin said the project was established to develop a master plan for revitalising the precinct.

“The entire precinct is situated on an A class reserve bounded by Moss, Fletcher, Allen and Marmion Streets,” he said.

“It is recognized as a high value community space, and includes Locke Park, Sumpton Green Community Centre, East Freo Playgroup, East Fremantle Football Club, East Fremantle Bowling Club and East Fremantle Croquet Club.

“There was general agreement that the current facilities are coming to an end of their useful life’s and need to be replaced.”

Mr Tuffin said there was a variety of discussions about the designs.

“There was relatively strong community attendance with over 40 people attending each session,” he said.

“The options explored the possibilities of refurbishing existing facilities and also constructing new ones.

“Generally, the feedback from participants has been very positive – most people have been very happy with the level of community engagement and the resulting concept, understanding of course that at this stage.”

Mr Tuffin said the next step is for project engineers, GHD to collate the information gathered from the community design.

“They will prepare a comprehensive report for the Town of East Fremantle,” he said.

“It is important to remember that this is the first step in what will be a lengthy process that will require a lot more consultation, and the development of a detailed business plan to ensure its success.”