City of Nedlands CEO Mark Goodlet to present community feedback to March 2019 council meeting

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CITY of Nedlands chief executive Mark Goodlet will present a feedback analysis report on Westside Wolves Hockey Club’s proposed synthetic turf facility to council in March 2019.

Cr Cilla De Lacy’s motion that the city receive community feedback on the proposal, as well as the petitions launched against the proposal, and for an acting chief executive to analyse the feedback and provide a recommendation, was approved at a meeting last night .

“We have a hockey problem here and we are a city that promotes sport – we need to approve this motion and it needs to be done from a hockey perspective,” Cr De Lacy said.

Westside Wolves Hockey Club proposed to establish a synthetic hockey pitch and club facilities at Mt Claremont Reserve.

Nedlands residents, property owners, user groups, sporting clubs and associations voiced their opinions from October 25 during the two-month community engagement period.

About 1130 people supported the proposal, 930 were against and 15 were unsure.

Cr Leo McManus said the issue had attracted much community attention.

“We received 2000 responses during community consultation and only 1000 for the Local Planning Scheme,” he said.

“It’s absolutely amazing as a councillor and I should be expected now to come to a conclusion about the process and without a report from administration we won’t know what these results were about.”

Cr Ben Hodsdon said the creation of a community feedback analysis report was a matter of fairness and due process.

“We need to do something with feedback and Cr De Lacy’s foreshadowing motion does this,” he said.

“If Mt Claremont was not suitable, we can look at other possibilities so we get the best of both worlds – it’s not whether we’re for or against, it’s about getting a report in.”