No plans to move, says RAS

RAS CEO Martin Molony. d396232
RAS CEO Martin Molony. d396232

Chief executive Martin Molony said recent reports that the RAS could be forced to move from the 30ha site were incorrect.

Planning had begun to implement a Master Plan that involves improving buildings and facilities, and establishing an on-site education program.

He said the RAS funded a $100,000- a-year school visit program, free for students from years 1-7, taking agriculture to the classroom within a 200km radius.

‘The only complaints we get are from schools that miss out,’ Mr Molony said.

This is why the RAS wants to develop a program on-site, complete with farm animals and facilities to show children where their food came from.

Despite grand plans for the RAS home of 111 years, Town of Claremont Mayor Jock Barker said the facility would move out of Claremont in the next 20 years. He said the Claremont Showground was on prime land that could be used for affordable housing.

The Town and RAS had a good working relationship over its history and the Perth Royal Show was a great event but the site was used for agricultural purposes for just a small portion of the year.

He said the RAS owns the land freehold but under the Land Administration Act 1997, it should be used for ‘the purposes of the agricultural society only’.

Mr Molony said the RAS and events like the Perth Royal Show would be in Claremont for the next 100 years.

However, he predicted there would be a second show south of Perth to cater for the city’s predicted population increase.

The RAS has just completed an independent Perception Audit with the community and stakeholders to determine how they want the site used.

See the full interviews with Mr Molony and Mr Barker at www.inmycommunity.com.au and on the Western Suburbs Weekly Facebook page.