Subiaco AFC to install semi-permanent fencing every winter season until 2023

Rosalie Park.
Rosalie Park.

SUBIACO AFC will install a semi-permanent fence at Rosalie Park for the 2019 winter sporting season and every year up to 2023.

City of Subiaco agreed at a meeting on Tuesday night to install a hard, semi-permanent fence.

Subiaco AFC had played in the NPL, which required fencing around the field of play, for four seasons but has been relegated to division one for the 2019 season.

Mayor Penny Taylor said “more than 65 emails” were sent to councillors inboxes asking for the fencing to be approved for the 2019 season.

There was divided opinion on Tuesday between councillors on whether the fencing should be installed for another season and over the next four years.

“The steel fences are substantial, robust and unnecessary,” Councillor Hugh Richardson said.

Cr Stephanie Stroud moved an amended motion to allow the club’s use of the seasonal fence until 2020 rather than 2023, but it was lost.

“The fences were required to be a part of the competition of the NPL but the club has fallen out of the division this year,” Cr Stroud said.

“It would be great to see them back into it but to give them potentially four or five years, if they may not make it back in, defeats the purpose of their reason as to why we were giving them seasonal fences in the first place.”

Cr Peter McAllister said the City should not restrict the fencing to one year and instead give assurance to the club that the ground would be suitable if they were promoted to the NPL.

Ms Taylor said the decision gave the club certainty before the soccer season commenced.

“Volunteers at sporting clubs are valuable contributors to our community and council recognises the important of sporting groups in the life of the City,” she said.