Letters 8.9.18

Wheel of fortune
DESPITE all the outrage over taxpayers’ $3 million gift to Floreat Athena Football Club for Litis Stadium, nobody involved has bothered to mention why the stadium itself is significant.
Originally known as the Lake Monger Velodrome, it is one of the last venues remaining from when Perth hosted, what’s now known as, the Commonwealth Games in 1962.
Vincent historians seem oblivious to our games’ heritage.
The Beatty Park pool stadium has been seriously neglected despite a state heritage listing, and the Velodrome stadium (Litis) is not even protected on Vincent’s heritage register.
International and Australian athletes set sporting records at these venues, but there is effectively no local commemoration or recognition of those achievements.
The true outrage is that Athena’s intended masterplan regards the Velodrome site simply as something to be bulldozed to provide a better soccer pitch.
Franklin Street, Leederville

Road wars
THANKS for publishing Tom Goode’s letter “A simple solution” (Voice, August 25, 2018).
It’s refreshing to see some common sense arguments being introduced into an otherwise non-sensical proposal.
Not only is the reasoning for lowering the speed limit in the local area an insult to our intelligence, but the acquiescence by people in the area to this topic is also astounding.
Surely there must be others who care about more nanny state regulations being forced upon us.
Apparently this policy proposal gained traction by the lobbying efforts of Geraldine Box, a spokesperson for Our Streets at 40.
How can an unelected person speak on behalf of the community and lobby for a possible policy using ridiculous analogies, such as ensuring that the pedestrians can use the space safely and that people are prioritised over vehicles.
Last time I checked pedestrians had footpaths to use and roads were for transport.
This muddled and illogical double-speak could lead to a future argument where private vehicles should be banned altogether from inner city suburbs.
Gene Lorenzon
Shakespeare Street, Mt Hawthorn

Nobody remembers
REGARDING the story “Club springs $3m offside trap” in last week’s Voice.
The Floreat Athena Club was recently granted $3 million by the federal government, allegedly based on a relationship with a former member who is now a senator.
Local residents have not been able to determine the merit of, or need for, this grant.
It appears that no public consultation has taken place regarding the future of this heritage site.
The former Lake Monger Velodrome officially opened on March 14, 1959, and was a venue for the British Empire and Commonwealth Games in 1962.
Commonly known as the Velodrome, it remained the home of cycling until 1998.
Floreat Athena first occupied the site from about 1985, when it built its clubrooms, but shared this facility with cycling up until 1998.
In 1998 the club was granted a long term lease from Vincent council, removed the velodrome, and became the exclusive occupant.
Because the club contributed $150,000 – an insignificant amount considering the total cost of this project and the original value of the site and infrastructure – they were able to re-name this historic site “Litis Stadium”.
Vincent council then gave the club a peppercorn lease of $1500 per annum for about 15 years.
The club has basically occupied the site ever since, failing to complete basic maintenance under the terms of their lease.
Vincent council has had to spend substantial amounts of money to upkeep the facility.
Hope Alexander
Cleaver Street, Leederville

Populist council
I’M afraid the current proposal to trial a 40kmh speed limit in part of Vincent has more to do with being populist and virtuous than it does about delivering a real benefit.
Dropping the speed limit in an area where most traffic is already going less than 40kmh will achieve little.
The flyer mentions speed and increased traffic due to rat running, yet the trial only really deals with speed.
I doubt that a small drop in speed will deter rat runners.
The flyer also states that the trial is a chance to research lower speed zones.  Do we really need to repeat what has been done elsewhere in the world – the results are already well known.
Movements like ‘twenty is plenty’ in the UK, which aims to get speeds in local streets down to 20mph (approximately 30kmh), have been a massive success with already over 75 per cent of inner London residents (2.3 million) living on 20mph streets. They’ve done the ground work; let’s learn from them and build on what they’ve done.
Dudley Maier
North Perth

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