SUBIACO could be home to a new major public cultural attraction in its east precinct.
Mayor Penny Taylor submitted an elected members’ motion at last Tuesday’s meeting, which would allow the City to explore the opportunity to take advantage of the Subiaco Oval redevelopment and celebrate sporting history, Aboriginal heritage and the arts with a cultural attraction.
The motion was moved by councillor Derek Nash and seconded by Cr Jodi Mansfield, and approved by all 11 councillors; a number of local business owners at the meeting supported it.
Table Culture’s Emma McCarthy said in her statement that the state was lacking a significant cultural attraction for tourists, and Subiaco was the ideal location for such a project.
“A vision for Subiaco of the future requires big ideas that surpass the oval in significance to our local community but also to our state,” she said.
Jus Burgers’ Bert Giancristofaro also submitted a statement in favour of the proposal.
“This Subi Oval redevelopment site is a major opportunity which we must seize, with the aim of extracting every ounce of value,” he said.
David Murray said in his statement the project could be a world-class museum.
“I consider the sky’s the limit for activities in this special area,” he said.
Ms Taylor said on Thursday the project could be large or something modest near the heritage gates.
“Given the master planning is being done now, the relevant agencies are pushing ahead. If the City wants initiatives heard, we need to present them now,” she said.