Former Oatley Bowling site – a win for the whole community
23 Sep 2010
However, prior to submitting an application to rezone and reclassify the site, Council will address access issues including footpath gradients and pathway widths.
Mayor of Hurstville, Cr Philip Sansom said the decision was a “win-win” for the community as, in addition to new community facilities, Council would provide much needed senior housing as well as retain the land by leasing the site.
“Proceeds from the lease will be redirected into the construction of a new community centre on the former bowling green at Jubilee Park, Mortdale, as well as new and upgraded recreational facilities at the site,” he said.
“The City of Hurstville has an aging population and forecasts suggest that by 2016, more than one in four residents, or a quarter of the population, will be aged 55 years and over.
“The redevelopment of the former Oatley Bowling Club site, which is located close to shops, public transport and parks, will enable many residents to remain in the area if staying in their own home was no longer viable.”
Mayor Sansom said since the former Oatley Bowling Club closed in 2006, Council has undertaken comprehensive studies and public consultation to determine the most appropriate use of the site.
“Following Council’s extensive public consultation process, only 152 residents, or approximately 0.2% of our population, responded to the proposal,” he said.
“The majority of respondents supported either the development of aged care facilities or restoring the building for community use.
“However, the building in its current condition is unsafe to occupy. Substantial and costly work is required before any occupation, including temporary occupation, could be undertaken.”
Mayor Sansom said whilst a small minority of the community wish to retain the site as an additional park in Oatley, Council had a responsibility to the whole community to provide aged care and community facilities.
“Part of the site will remain as parkland and Myles Dunphy Reserve will be protected,” he said.
“Council’s decision is not based on money as all the proceeds from any lease will go straight into the construction of a new community facility less than a kilometre away in Mortdale.
“This decision was made in the best interests of the whole community. Council has listened to locals and is delivering the best possible outcome.”
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