Richardson Reserve

Media Response 1 December 2017

Journalist’s background: Media enquiry about the England versus Cricket Australia XI cricket match at Richardson Park, South Perth on 9-10 December 2017.

Please attribute the following quotes to City of South Perth Mayor Sue Doherty.

How long will Richardson Reserve be fenced off/hired out by the match organisers? 

The Richardson Reserve upper oval will only be fenced from 6-11 December 2017, with the playground and lower oval accessible to the public at all times. 

Is it unusual for Richardson Reserve to be fenced off? Has it happened before? 
From time to time ticketed events are required to be fenced off and this occurs across many of the City’s reserves. It occurs occasionally at Richardson Reserve however not very often

Is the City receiving money as part of the park being hired? If so, how much? 

The fee is still being finalised. Any direct costs to the City will be accounted for by the event organiser.

Does the City believe the match could have a positive impact for businesses during its duration? 

Yes, the match is being promoted as a local community event. It is expected that many of the patrons will catch the ferry across from Elizabeth Quay and walk to the event from the Mends Street jetty with local businesses along this route particularly retail and food outlets on Mends Street benefitting from an increase in the number of people travelling to and from the event. The match will be televised internationally and this worldwide exposure of the City of South Perth has potential to increase the profile of the City as a destination which in turn has a positive impact for local businesses and other attractions within the City.

Will the City do anything to capitalise on people visiting the area during the two days? 

The City is actively promoting the event to encourage as many people as possible to attend during the two days. As part of the City’s Arts, Events & Culture season, a number of events will coincide with the cricket match including the Mends Street Farmers Market on Sunday, the creation of a large-scale temporary public artwork Moorditch Wirrin Kep on Sir James Mitchell Park and pop-up ‘Find Me’ events such as free volleyball nets as well as the South Perth StrEATS food vans.

Is there anything else that needs to be added?

Information regarding the event is at

Media contact

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