Midland Oval Redevelopment opponents speak from the heart at Swan council meeting


Tim Clifford with residents who have signed postcards of love to Swan councillors.
Tim Clifford with residents who have signed postcards of love to Swan councillors.

RESIDENTS for and against the Midland Oval Redevelopment Masterplan filled the gallery at the Swan City Council meeting last night.

Resident Graeme Harris was one of many residents at the meeting in support of the project and holding up laminated plans.

He told councillors it was time to move forward with the project.

Francesca Irwin spoke against the plans and said many residents felt they were not consulted properly.

The plans for the redevelopment were approved by the council in February last year and include a hotel, retail and office space, apartments, restaurants and bars and 1.9ha of winding open space and parkland to be built on the 11ha Midland Oval.

Greens MLC Tim Clifford spoke at the meeting and gave the council 1000 Valentine’s Day-themed postcards, which were signed by residents saying they had not been consulted over the redevelopment.

Councillor Ian Johnson raised a motion at the meeting asking chief executive Mike Foley to prepare a brief report to be given to the council on March 14 explaining the history of the oval land title from 1900 to the present day, including the history of its zoning, the actual use of the site, how the oval did not get established as a Crown Reserve and the opinion of c1899 Attorney-General Septimus Burt that the Midland Oval was “dedicated to the public for all time”.

Cr Kevin Bailey spoke against the motion and said all the questions in the motion had been answered previously.

The motion was lost 4-11.

A special meeting of electors will be held on March 13 to enable residents to have their say.