Council supports Perth WAFL and women’s matches in Lathlain

Published on 19 November 2020

Lathlain Oval Mineral Resources Park

Town of Victoria Park Council will advise the WA Planning Commission (WAPC) it supports the approval of Perth WAFL and women’s competitive football matches being played at Mineral Resources Park in Lathlain.

This includes AFLW matches by the West Coast Eagles and men’s and women’s WAFL matches by the Perth Football Club.

The recommendations were made in addressing a development application submitted by the West Coast Eagles for the playing of competitive matches at the park.

“We are supporting Perth Football Club first and foremost, given their long-standing use of the park and the general number of spectators that attend these WAFL matches”, Mayor Karen Vernon said. 

“The development of a national professional women’s football competition, the AFLW, has been an important advancement for women athletes but it remains well behind the AFL competition in terms of gender equality. 

“AFLW players receive less remuneration, less endorsements and less recognition than their male counterparts. The AFLW cannot easily compete with the AFL for access to large stadium venues. As such, it needs access to community ovals and widespread support of the community for future success. 

“Council recognises the anticipated number of games per season, and spectators per game for AFLW and WAFLW is likely to fall within the existing capacity of Lathlain Park, and is likely to have a lesser impact on the amenity of local residents.” 

Council did not support advising WAPC to approve the playing of AFL preseason matches or WAFL matches involving the West Coast Eagles, due to a lack of information being provided around how traffic and parking would be managed on game days.

Council supported another amendment to provide several suggested conditions to the playing of AFL matches if the WAPC were to approve the application.

“The community has long expressed concerns about how the large volume of traffic and crowds expected for these particular matches with higher attraction rates will be managed,” Mayor Vernon said.

“We will continue to work with the Eagles through the WAPC process and beyond, as a key stakeholder we have a strong working relationship with.” 

Read the full report on the Minutes and Agendas page.