Gilchrist hits 'reckless' Subi plan for six

Cricket legend Adam Gilchrist has joined the rapidly-snowballing campaign to save Subiaco. This week he put a campaign sticker on his front door and blasted the “reckless” plan that would see many of the suburb’s prized streetscapes lost. The star former Test batsman, wicketkeeper and sometime captain, dubbed the heart of Australian cricket, has lived in Subiaco for 20 years. “Subiaco is a truly unique suburb,” he said. “It’s the character and history that help create such a warm sense of community. “To risk losing this, with what many view as reckless, opportunistic development guidelines, would be a terrible shame.” Mr Gilchrist is part of a flood of people signing up to Save Subi after the state government forced the council to start a process affecting almost half the city.

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Shenton Park residents are pushing back against a council ban on street tree swings. Kirk Bellerby was recently issued with a cease and desist order by Subiaco council over a tyre swing on a street tree outside his Evans Street home. “These are the sorts of things which bring a community together,” he said. “Standing out the front of your home chatting to neighbours and passers-by while your kids and the neighbours’ kids play on a swing is what community is about. “This ridiculous policy is suggesting we all move inside, go behind our walls and not socialise with anyone.” His six-year-old daughter, Grace, and her friends frequently play on the verge swing, which hangs a few centimetres above the grass, while their parents watch and chat with others on the street.

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