Greens Councillor Lindsay Shurey will put a motion to the next Randwick City Council meeting urging the State Government to block any attempts by developers to have the Maroubra Bowling Club site rezoned for sale and development.
The motion will also suggest that the Government back up this refusal to change the use of the site by negotiating with the RSL to acquire it for community use. Cr Shurey said,
“I think that the Maroubra Bowling Club site can be owned by the State Government and run by the Council for local use in exactly the same successful way Wylies Baths is run by a trust of community members.”
The Greens have been proactive in trying to save the site for community use. At the last Council meeting fellow Greens Councillor Murray Matson moved that the Government be lobbied to keep current Randwick Councillors in office after forced amalgamations to enable them to save the Bowling Club and other sites.
His resolution stands despite a subsequent Labor Councillor attempt to rescind his original which formed part of the official Council submission to the Boundaries Commission inquiry on the Government’s proposed amalgamation of Randwick, Waverley and Woollahra Councils.
Cr Matson said,
“Councillor Shurey’s great motion in response to the community’s clear call for keeping the Bowling Club out of the hands of developers demonstrates why we needed to make a submission designed to retain our Councillors in office after the amalgamation happens instead of leaving such decions to an unelected administrator.”