A new website has been produced to meet the growing public interest in the work ofthe Major Stadia Taskforce and provide information about the development of majormulti-purpose sports stadiums in Western Australia.The website answers questions about why the taskforce was created and the work itis undertaking, information about stadiums in Perth, around Australia and overseas,the history of stadia development in WA and a media centre. Taskforce Chairman John Langoulant said Perth's need for new multi-purposesporting stadia was widely acknowledged."Perth is a wonderful city in many ways well ahead of Australia's other major capitalcities," Mr Langoulant said."However, we don't compare when it comes to major sporting and recreationalfacilities. Well-designed, built and operated stadiums are a social and economic hubaround which communities, businesses and vital infrastructure can develop andthrive. It is no secret Perth's existing facilities cannot meet our city's needs into thefuture."The State Government has asked the Taskforce to review Perth's existing stadiums,investigate options for their replacement and present a plan to cater for the needs ofthe WA public and major sports for decades to come.Work has already included an analysis of Perth's existing major outdoor andrectangular shaped stadiums.As part of stage one, the Taskforce recommended two sites with three options for anew outdoor oval stadium: East Perth, near the old power station and Subiaco, atKitchener/Mueller Park or a redevelopment of Subiaco Oval. The Taskforce alsoidentified Members Equity Stadium as the preferred location for a rectangularstadium.The Taskforce is undertaking stage two of its study, which includes continuedconsultation with major sports and community groups, detailed site and financialanalysis of the short-listed sites, research into relevant town planning aspects ofeach option and a risk management analysis.Mr Langoulant said the website would be a valuable tool for anyone interested inlearning about the Taskforce's work, seeking information about communityconsultation or wanting to provide feedback."Our major stadium venues are important for Perth and we want to make sure peoplehave access to as much information about the project as possible," he said.
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