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Council to undertake community consultation on future of former Oatley Bowling Club site


Georges River Council will not proceed with the former Hurstville City Council’s option for a seven-to-nine-storey mixed residential and seniors housing to be built on the former Oatley Bowling Club site on River Road, Oatley.
Instead, Council will commence community consultation on a rezoning to limit any development on the site to a smaller-scale, three-to-five-storey, aged care facility and community open space.
Along with this will be enhanced facilities for the community including recreational areas, barbeques, amenities, community gardens, and walking and bicycle tracks, which will complement the adjoining Myles Dunphy Reserve.
Administrator of Georges River Council, John Rayner, said the decision to facilitate a smaller-scale facility and additional enhancements was consistent with previous community requests during various community consultations held between 2009 and 2012.
“Before there is any formal consideration of a rezoning proposal, Council will undertake a two-to-three-month consultation period to see if there is continuing support for an aged care facility on part of the site,” he said.
“If a rezoning proposal proceeds it would be independently assessed before it goes to the NSW Department of Planning for Gateway Determination. A rezoning would only be for that part of the site where an aged care facility would be built.
“Any decision to finally rezone the site would be taken to the elected Council after September 2017.”
“I encourage all members of the community to come along to these community consultation sessions and participate in the surveys to provide feedback which will be reported to Council in March 2017.”
Community Information Sessions details:
When: Wednesday, 23 November 2016
Where: Mortdale Community Centre, 2B Boundary Road Mortdale
Time: Session 1: 3.30pm – 5.30pm
Transport: The venue is located between Mortdale and Oatley Train stations. Parking is available on Boundary Road and within the Community Centre car park.
When: Saturday, 26 November 2016
Where: Oatley Community Hall, 61 Oatley Ave, Oatley
Times: Session 2: 10.00am-12.00pm
Session 3: 3.00pm-5.00pm
Transport: The venue is within walking distance from Oatley Train Station, and bus stops. On-street parking is also available.
A copy of the Planning Proposal can also be viewed from both Customer Service Centres in Hurstville and Kogarah, as well as libraries across the local government area.
A community information brochure is available on Council’s website at or for more information contact Council on 9330 6400.
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