Save Midland Oval
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Midland Oval was gifted to the Township of Helena Vale, now the City of Swan, in 1901 as public recreation space. It has served the community now for 116 years but sadly the City wish to develop over the grounds to create units and commercial spaces.
Historically the oval boasted entrance gates, character grandstands, lawn tennis courts, velodrome, bowling green, cricket pitch and facilities for many other sports. Over time these have all been demolished, and the City of Swan recently sold the historic lawn tennis courts for development and demolished the old bowling club. Work began this week to build over the tennis courts.
The City has also purchased most surrounding properties, including beautiful heritage buildings so they can demolish them and implement the Midland Oval Redevelopment Masterplan, which can be found here:
The City of Swan Council adopted this plan early in 2017, despite huge community opposition and the fact that it will leave Midland with around a tenth of the recommend amount of green space. This is an extremely disappointing move given there are more and more apartments being built in Midland - these residents will need open space. The development includes new City of Swan administrative buildings, despite their current buildings recently being purpose built.
Midland Oval is the last open space in Midland where residents can run laps on the track, walk on grass and children can cycle around a track safely. The oval also hosts community events such as NAIDOC, Hyperfest, Paint the Swan REad, and the circus. Sadly over time all facilities such as public toilets have been removed and the oval neglected. The state of the oval brings a depressed feeling to the area, yet it could be so easily turned into a place of joy for the community.
Parents in Midland drive to Woodbridge for children to play, but I believe there should be a playground at a Midland Oval for families, trees should be planted for shade, a drinking fountain and toilets installed, and pedestrian access to the residents north of the oval, towards Midvale, Midland Gate, and to the older Midland shopping precinct. This will encourage pedestrian activity right through Midland.
Please, help us save Midland Oval for our children. Thank you to Tim Clifford, Greens MLC for Midland for organising the community picnic which brought the plight of the Midland Oval to the forefront.
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