First look at the East Fremantle oval precinct revitalisation project

The Town of East Fremantle wants the East Fremantle Football Club to stay. Picture: Phil Elliott/ PixEll Photography
The Town of East Fremantle wants the East Fremantle Football Club to stay. Picture: Phil Elliott/ PixEll Photography

THE first plan for the East Fremantle oval precinct revitalisation project has been released.

The first vision – though not the preferred option – is to unify the precinct by connected open space while keeping current functional arrangements.

The perimeter fence would be removed.

The second vision is for a community hub to support existing clubs and other community groups with shared meeting and function spaces.

“A connected path will provide accessibility around the entire precinct. Greater usability is encouraged through playscapes and exercise equipment,” a Town of East Fremantle report said.

“Downsizing the bowling green, using synthetic turf, frees up land for other opportunities such as a community garden.”

Selling land was considered but many participants rejected it.

The future of East Fremantle Football Club was discussed, with the Town supporting the club to stay.

Concerns were raised about the level of financial support provided by ratepayers to a club with members and players beyond its borders.

“Many community participants saw a greater role for the WAFL and AFL in funding the club facilities,” the report said.

Deputy Mayor Michael McPhail said they were off to a flying start.

Councillor Cliff Collinson said they needed to plan how they were going to fund the project.

“As much as I do support the report it is much like a wish list,” he said.

The report will go out for public comment for two months. A further report will be presented at the May council meeting.