At Monday night’s Council meeting Lord Mayor Clover Moore will be pushing forward with her shameful plan to convert one of Sydney’s most popular 18-hole golf courses to 9 holes.
Back in May, I strongly opposed a Council resolution that asked our CEO to develop a plan to cut Moore Park Golf Course to 9 holes to be presented to the Minister for Planning.
The City has now spent ratepayer money developing two preposterous 9 hole options and on 14 September the Lord Mayor briefed the Minster for Planning on these options. The Minister has asked the Greater Sydney Parklands Trust to consider the proposals.
Now the Lord Mayor wants Council’s CEO to implement a community consultation plan costing $50,000 of ratepayer money. This amounts to funding push polling.
This is a disgraceful waste of ratepayer money. The community has already had its say and is strongly in favour of retaining the existing 18-hole golf course, as indicated in the 700 responses to the public exhibition of the Moore Park Masterplan 2040. The golf course contributes around a quarter of the Centennial Parklands revenue, necessary to run and maintain the extensive parklands around Centennial and Moore parks. It also remains one of the busiest public championship golf courses in Australia.
The 18-hole Moore Park Golf Course is an historic public open space gem within a stone’s throw of the CBD. It is loved and heavily used by locals and visitors alike. It is financially viable and makes a significant contribution to ensuring the surrounding extensive parklands can remain open and accessible by all. It should be maintained in its current form.*Image Credit Moore Park Golf