Can a sports club, Randwick Council, the RSL and the NSW State Government come together to save the beach side Maroubra Bowling Club from being sold off for residential development?
Can the local Greens, Labor and Liberal factions unite to support this common effort on behalf of the local community?
Will an amalgamation-intent State Government keep Randwick City Councillors in office to pull it all together for their constituents?
On the 22nd of March Greens Councillor Lindsay Shurey will put a motion to Randwick Council putting a plan to the State Government on how the site can be saved. She said,
“My motion effectively calls on the State Government to block any attempt by developers to bypass the Council when trying to obtain a rezoning that would allow residential development of the site. It also allows Council to avoid a perceived conflict of interest should we attempt to buy the site ourselves after having intervened to block a rezoning. This is achieved by suggesting that the Government buy the site instead and then appoint Council to run the site via a community member trust in the same way Wylies Baths is presently done.”
James Macdonald, Greens candidate for Kingsford Smith, wants the preservation of the Maroubra Bowling Club site and has called for bipartisan support from all local politicians and candidates.
He like Councillor Shurey, is a Maroubra Beach resident and regards the Club premises as part of local history and culture.
“I am aware of many exciting ideas for how the Bowling Club site could be used for local community building. There is now a weekend market held on the old greens and talk of a community garden. Others talk of child care services and a long proposed neighbourhood centre for the area. We need bipartisan support from all our local politicians and candidates to get behind this opportunity to build up a community asset at Maroubra Beach.”
Fellow Greens Councillor Murray Matson says the State Government should back up the Council on the issue to the credibility of its own ‘Fit For The Future’ amalgamation process.
“The State Government is arguing that NSW Councils should be merged to make them ‘fit for the future’. Well, here is a clear example of a Council that is trying to adapt to future community needs by fighting to preserve a local building and accompanying open space against building development pressure. I look forward to Randwick Council receiving a positive response from the State Government.”