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Taskforce provides online insight to stadium development

A new website has been produced to meet the growing public interest in the work of
the Major Stadia Taskforce and provide information about the development of major
multi-purpose sports stadiums in Western Australia.
The website answers questions about why the taskforce was created and the work it
is 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-purpose
sporting stadia was widely acknowledged.
"Perth is a wonderful city in many ways well ahead of Australia's other major capital
cities," Mr Langoulant said.
"However, we don't compare when it comes to major sporting and recreational
facilities. Well-designed, built and operated stadiums are a social and economic hub
around which communities, businesses and vital infrastructure can develop and
thrive. It is no secret Perth's existing facilities cannot meet our city's needs into the
future."
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 of
the WA public and major sports for decades to come.
Work has already included an analysis of Perth's existing major outdoor and
rectangular shaped stadiums.
As part of stage one, the Taskforce recommended two sites with three options for a
new outdoor oval stadium: East Perth, near the old power station and Subiaco, at
Kitchener/Mueller Park or a redevelopment of Subiaco Oval. The Taskforce also
identified Members Equity Stadium as the preferred location for a rectangular
stadium.
The Taskforce is undertaking stage two of its study, which includes continued
consultation with major sports and community groups, detailed site and financial
analysis of the short-listed sites, research into relevant town planning aspects of
each option and a risk management analysis.
Mr Langoulant said the website would be a valuable tool for anyone interested in
learning about the Taskforce's work, seeking information about community
consultation or wanting to provide feedback.
"Our major stadium venues are important for Perth and we want to make sure people
have access to as much information about the project as possible," he said.

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