Background Information on the Former Oatley Bowling Club Site at River Road, Oatley

13 February 2019

Key Facts

  1. The Myles Dunphy Reserve and Wetland is not part of the former Oatley Bowling Club site, and reserve land will not be developed or sold off.

  2. The former Bowling Club site’s proposed consolidation and development into seniors housing facilities meets a strategic and demographic need in the area which is only increasing. This need was identified in the former Hurstville City Council’s Strategic Community Plan 2021.

  3. Opportunities for community members and residents to have their say occured at each stage of the process, from the current Development Application (DA) which proposes the lot consolidation of the former Bowling Club site, through to the planning proposal for the development of the site. Information on each of these stages was advertised and community input was encouraged.

  4. Any development sought to ensure that visual impact and scale is in keeping with the existing character of the area. Council ensured that any proposed redevelopment of the site included improved access to Myles Dunphy Reserve and Wetland, as well as public car parking.

  5. The planning proposal did not include the previous Council’s proposed 7-9 storey development. Following extensive planning and feasibility analysis, Council reduced the height for residential aged care accommodation located in the north west corner of the former Oatley Bowling Club site.

  6. A significant area of the former Bowling Club site was planned as a public recreation space, landscaped in keeping with adjacent bushland.

Community Cconsultation on the future use of the Former Oatley Bowling Club site

The results of a detailed community consultation process for the future use of the former Oatley Bowling Club site is now available. This follows a Council Meeting on 7 November 2016, where it was resolved that Georges River Council would undertake extensive community consultation on the Planning Proposal and future uses of the former Oatley Bowling Club site.

The consultation included three community information sessions, a community survey at the community information sessions and on Council’s website, and a telephone survey.

There was strong community participation in the consultation process with:

  • 149 participants at the community information sessions
  • 146 community surveys completed at the community information sessions or online
  • 501 residents participating in a phone survey
  • 52 submissions were received in response to the early exhibition of the Planning Proposal

Background information

At a Council Meeting on 7 November 2016, Georges River Council resolved:

  1. That Council not proceed with the 2014 resolution of the former Hurstville City Council to rezone the site to residential to facilitate a seven-to-nine-storey, mixed use residential and seniors housing development.

  2. That it be noted that if the Planning Proposal proceeds to Gateway determination, any plan making (re-zoning and reclassification) is unlikely to occur before December 2017, and would require the prior approval of the Council elected in September 2017.

  3. That the Planning Proposal to reclassify the site from ‘community’ land to ‘operational’ and to rezone the site to SP2 Infrastructure with the designated land use of seniors housing (nursing home) and community facilities be amended to apply only to that part of the site which would accommodate the seniors housing (aged care component) and ancillary support requirements, i.e. approximately 50% of the site. 

  4. That extensive public consultation commence immediately and a report be submitted to Council in March 2017 detailing the outcomes of the public consultation (including any proposed amendments to the Planning Proposal arising from such consultation) prior to any Gateway submission to the NSW Department of Planning and Environment.

  5. That an independent peer review of the community consultation results ((d) above) be undertaken.

  6. That the Planning Proposal be assessed by an independent expert who will make recommendations to the Independent Hearing and Assessment Panel for endorsement or otherwise prior to any Gateway determination.

  7. That if the Planning Proposal proceeds, i.e. after independent assessment, approval by IHAP and Department of Planning and Environment, the reclassification Public Hearing be undertaken by a former Judge of the NSW Land and Environment Court or a person with equivalent standing and experience, and that a post Gateway exhibition report be prepared by an independent consultant for consideration by the Independent Hearing and Assessment Panel and the newly elected Council panel prior to forwarding to the Department of Planning. 

On Thursday 18 May 2017, the Planning Report was considered by the Independent Hearing and Assessment Panel (IHAP). IHAP recommended, subject to updates, that the Planning Proposal for the former Oatley Bowling Club Site be forwarded onto The Greater Sydney Commission for a Gateway Determination under section 56 of the Environmental and Planning Assessment Act 1979.

A Report on the Planning Proposal was scheduled to go before Council during a Meeting on 5 June 2017.

In March, 2018 Council became aware that there had been slight movement of some material containing bonded asbestos at the former Oatley Bowling Club site. Council obtained independent scientific advice, which confirmed that the material does not pose a significant risk of harm to human health or the environment, which includes the adjoining Myles Dunphy Reserve. However, in order to ensure that the material does not spread beyond the site boundary, on 30 July 2018 Council commenced works to stabilise the migration of the material.  The stabilisation works were completed on 3 August, 2018 and the site perimeter remains fenced to prevent access, until such time that the asbestos can be further managed.  The EPA has been notified accordingly.

Council takes the matter of asbestos very seriously and will continue to work to ensure the material does not pose any risk to the community or the adjoining Myles Dunphy Reserve.
 

More Information

This page has been prepared to address community concerns around the plans Council has for the site of the former Oatley Bowling Club, which is adjacent to the Myles Dunphy Reserve.

It is designed to give community members all the information they might need with regard to the proposed development of the former Oatley Bowling Club site.

Details of the planning proposal to rezone and reclassify the site to enable future development of seniors housing and public recreations park can be found below:

Opening Letter
Planning Proposal

Council Report, Community Consultation Results on the Future Uses of the Former Oatley Bowling Club
Community Consultation Reports
Appendix A - Community Survey
Appendix B - Community Information Boards
Appendix C - Feedback
Final Elton Submissions Report
Independent Peer Review Oatley Bowling Club Community Consultation