MOST WA sport fans are excited to know that with the development of the new Burswood Stadium they may be able to get a seat to a football derby, but the project has not delighted golf enthusiasts quite as much.
A petition created by Shaun Westwood on May 4 says that since the new stadium will be built on the back nine holes of the Burswood Park Golf Course, a decision has to be made about what to do with the remaining front nine holes.
It says the government is proposing to close the whole golf course because they believe a nine-hole course is not viable.
“The action to close the entire golf course would not be in the best interest of the City, its citizens, visiting tourists or anyone that cares about preserving what is arguably one of the State’s premier golf courses,” the petition said.
In just over a month, over 400 signatories some from as far as Greece have signed the petition statement which reads: “We, the undersigned, ask the State Government to put aside the idea of shutting down the Burswood Park Golf Course in entirety, instead continuing to use the area of the existing front nine as a golf course.”
Sport and Recreation Minister Terry Waldron said there had been no decision to close the whole golf course and that the viability of running a nine-hole course after the northern nine holes were closed was a matter for the Burswood Park Board.
The Burswood Park Board was approached for comment but referred the matter to the Department of Sport and Recreation.
Comments from the petition:
Narelle Duzevich-Tripp, Burswood: “We do not need to be surrounded by more concrete. Leave something for the wildlife.”
Marie McWaters, East Perth: “We are short of green space and this another example of government grab on public space.”
To sign the petition visit www.gopetition.com/petitions/save-burswood-park-golf-course-front-nine.html.