THE Midland Oval Redevelopment Masterplan will move forward after years of deliberation, following City of Swan councillors approving amendments to the plan last night.
Construction of the oval could begin as early as next month after council voted to approve amendments to the adopted master plan that included DeMol Group proceeding with construction.
The motion put forward by Councillor Mark Elliott also proposed an increase in green open space and an increase in public open space.
Councillors also voted in support of the Midland Precinct Oval Business Plan being sent out for public comment for a three-month period, before coming back to council to be reviewed.
Save the Midland Oval group spokesman Patrick Irwin said he was disappointed with the decision.
“I am underwhelmed that the council seems to think giving 4500sq m increase in open space is somehow a great concession,” he said.
“It’s basically a carpark space and that’s supposed to make up for losing the oval.
“They’ve refused to listen to the basic points that thousands of community members have put forward and instead have decided to go ahead with a concrete jungle.”
He said the City was “at war with Midland”.
“There is no way in the world we will accept this,” he said.
“We have not given them permission to do this to our oval. We will be discussing our next step.
“The council is at war with Midland.”