A REPORT outlining Westside Wolves Hockey Club’s proposal to secure an artificial hockey pitch and clubrooms at Mt Claremont Oval has been released.
City of Nedlands councillors agreed at a meeting on Tuesday that ratepayers should have a say on the Community Engagement Plan outlining the club’s push for new facilities, with Mt Claremont Oval earmarked as the new site.
Results from consultation will be considered in December.
Mt Claremont resident Susie Moir told the council she did not support the proposal.
“I do not support this as it is a proposal to privatise public open space which is open for users, not a special group,” she said.
“It’s highly utilised by the local community… and is the only large publicly open space accessible in the area, which will require fencing exclusive to the hockey park.”
Claremont resident Tania Cecconi agreed with Ms Moir and said the proposal caused conflict with traffic and existing activities at Mt Claremont oval.
Nedlands resident Simon Andrew said he was in favour of the proposal because the oval was underutilised.
“Hockey is a popular sport in the western suburbs and there is nothing dedicated for hockey – we are in desperate need to accommodate the growing game,” he said.
Cr Leo McManus said the decision on whether the proposal was approved or refused would be made after results came back to council.
“This is just going out for public consultation, no more than that,” he said.
“The we can hear what the people say.”
To access the report go to https://bit.ly/2Je5Alf.