ERNEST Johnson (EJ) Reserve’s new community facility buildings have been named after South Perth MLA John McGrath.
With the first stage of EJ Reserve’s redevelopment complete, local groups and sporting clubs will move into the community facilities over the next few months.
City of South Perth Mayor Sue Doherty said she decided in December that the naming of the John McGrath Pavilion and Hall was considered appropriate and a fitting tribute to Mr McGrath, a man who worked tirelessly representing the local community over many years.
“Local parliamentary members have been recognised in a range of ways in the City of South Perth including the naming of Bill Grayden Reserve, the Phillip Pendal Heritage Awards as well as the Transperth ferry that bears his name,” she said.
“In consideration of the wide range of groups (expected to use the reserve), it was considered appropriate to name the facilities after someone who represented the South Perth community rather than an individual group or club.
“Mr McGrath is a man with incredible passion for the City and we have been the beneficiary of his advocacy in many areas.”
The City does not have a policy regarding community consultation for naming its community facilities but will consider a draft policy which provides clarity and guidance on these issues at its next audit, risk and governance meeting.
The second stage of the EJ Reserve redevelopment project will begin this month and is anticipated to be completed in mid-2018.
The project budget had been set at $10.5 million in the City’s Long Term Strategic Financial Plan 2013-2023, with $3 million allocated to works for this financial year.
South Perth MLA John McGrath declined to comment.