Subiaco Oval: council to try again for State Heritage Register

Domain Stadium. Picture: Paul Kane/Getty Images
Domain Stadium. Picture: Paul Kane/Getty Images

SUBIACO Council will make its fourth try in 12 years to put Subiaco Oval put on the State Heritage Register now that a new high school has been proposed to be built at adjacent Kitchener Park.

“The heritage assessment of Subiaco Oval, undertaken by the Heritage Council of WA, identifies the significance of the place as being closely tied to the intangible social and historic values of this place,” a report said at last Tuesday’s meeting.

The report said a 2004 attempt at listing was not sent to the Heritage Council (HCWA) for “unknown” reasons, in March 2015 just listing the playing field failed when the HCWEA said the nomination may not reach requirements, and an October 2016 interim listing was rejected by the previous State government without any indication why.

It has long been the council’s position to protect playing space and significant buildings at the oval when governments have mooted potential development of it and surrounding areas.

The report said any new bid to register the oval and keep a playing field did not prevent redevelopment because the State Heritage Office supported reusing some heritage sites, such as keeping a Calyx building wall at Australia Fine China in the Subiaco Centro development.

Councillors agreed to renominate the oval, and the NCWA be told that “some sort” or recreational use is “paramount” to the city if the site is redeveloped.

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