Subiaco residents whose homes stand in the way of a Labor-built stadium at Kitchener Park hit out at the plan yesterday but businesses and the local council welcomed it.
Under the option, 32 private homes and 66 Department of Housing properties would be resumed.
Farnia Eskandarian, who has lived at her State-owned townhouse since 1994, said she was disappointed with Labor's announcement.
"I actually like to live here - it's close and handy to places. It's very hard for me to move out," she said.
Neighbour Elsie Gribben said she had heard years of debate about the stadium, having lived in her home for 34 years.
She supported a new Subiaco stadium provided she was moved to a similar-sized property in the suburb.
City of Subiaco mayor Heather Henderson said a stadium at Kitchener Park was the best outcome for WA by offering a state-of-the-art facility that was "visionary and cost-effective".
Mrs Henderson, who mounted a campaign against the Government's decision to build the stadium at Burswood, said Kitchener Park was close to three train stations, the freeway and 139 cafes, restaurants and bars.
"The city has a long-held view that a new stadium in Subiaco is the best option for Perth," she said. "This was largely supported in the major stadia task force's final report back in 2007."
Subiaco Business Association president Geoff Parnell said hospitality businesses estimated they could lose a third of their turnover when the current stadium at Subiaco closed. He expected they would welcome Labor's announcement.
However, Town of Victoria Park mayor Trevor Vaughan said reverting to Subiaco would be disappointing.
"People were happy a decision was made and a stadium was going to go ahead (at Burswood)," he said.
John Langoulant, the man whose 2007 task force report is the basis for Labor's plan, said he saw no reason Mr McGowan could not realise the cost savings outlined yesterday.
But he would need to "get on his bike" if the stadium was to be built in time for the 2018 AFL season.
"My main concern is we don't need more planning, we don't need more delay, we just need to move forward and get it built," he said.
WA Football Commission chief executive Gary Walton said the site of a new stadium was a State Government decision, but it wanted it built in the shortest possible time frame with a funding model that would ensure a fair return for WA football.
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