2016 Save Public Land Campaign


It is vital that community members write individual letters
While it is good to see petitions It is vital that community members write individual letters.It is disappointing that the Georges River Council is pursuing action to alienate public land.


A development application DA2016/0159 to consolidate the lots at the former Oatley Bowling Club site is currently on public exhibition. Whilst this DA does not include any construction and operational works, it is integral to the rezoning planning proposal submitted in conjunction with this DA.

In September 2010 the former Hurstville Council decided to rezone the former Oatley Bowling Club site in Myles Dunphy Reserve from Open Space to Residential.

Georges River Council is now proposing to rezone the site to SP2 Infrastructure (Seniors housing). Could it because there are no height limits in SP2 zones whereas residential zones are limited to three (3) storeys? As the consultant for the former council advised, the seniors housing development will need to be at least 7 - and potentially up to 9 storeys – for it to be financially viable.

If you are concerned, we urge you to write to council at mail@georgesriver.nsw.gov.au by 5pm on 24 August 2016.

Print Petition and collect signatures 




Points for consideration when making a submission on DA2016/ 0159

  • The site is currently zoned RE1 – Public Recreation and is within the Foreshore Scenic Protection Area (FSPA). This zoning prohibits any form of residential development, and for good reason. One of the objectives of the FSPA is to reinforce the dominance of landscape over built form. The Statement of Environmental Effects (SEE) submitted with this DA claims “As no physical works are proposed as part of this DA, nor any other activities that would impact on the scenic qualities of Hurstville and the Georges River, it is considered that the DA is consistent with the above objectives.” "However, given this DA is integral to the proposed seniors housing development of the site, the DA is in fact not consistent with the objectives of the current zoning and the FSPA and should be rejected."

  • The land for the proposal has been carved out of Myles Dunphy Reserve. The land was originally bought by Council for use as a park not for residential purposes. It is zoned RE1 – Public Recreation. With increasing population and densities in the local area there will be a need for more open space recreation land, not less.

  • The land is owned by Council and currently classified as “Community” land under the Local Government Act 1993. It is in every sense of the word public land, usable by the whole community. To now sell it to the private sector for the benefit of relatively few would be a backward step.

  • Half of the site is within bush fire prone land, as indicated in the former Hurstville Council’s Bush Fire Prone Land Map. The risks associated with developing this land for people over the age of 55 and people with disabilities are too great and cannot be justified in accepting.

  • There is only one means of pedestrian and vehicular access to and from the site. The provision of adequate access and circulation for emergency and service vehicles such as fire engines and garbage trucks cannot be ensured.

  • The Hurstville Community Strategic Plan upon which Georges River Council relies to proceed with the development of this site for seniors housing is flawed. Results of meetings with individual groups consulted on the future use of the former Oatley Bowling Club site in 2009 indicate that the preference for aged care or community uses was basically evenly split with no clear majority either way, whereas community meeting feedback forms and the on-line survey indicated that most residents supported restoring the existing building for community use and were not supportive of aged care. In other words, most residents consulted preferred that the site be used for a community centre. However, former Hurstville councillors ignored this finding and adopted a Community Strategic Plan with aged care at the site as a high priority project instead.

  • Even if the results of the community surveys/feedback to the proposed aged care facility are accepted as indicative of the majority community sentiment at the time, that development proposal has now been superseded. The current proposal appears to be vastly different. The previous proposal was based on a leased, low level, aged care facility not a privately owned, high rise tower for seniors housing and potentially as well as residential town houses.Georges River Council is now proposing to rezone the site to SP2 Infrastructure (Seniors housing). There are no height limits in SP2 zones whereas residential zones are limited to three storeys. As the consultant for the former council advised, the seniors housing development will need to be at least 7 and potentially up to 9 storeys for it to be financially viable.

  • The process of submission and exhibition of this DA has been flawed. Inconsistent and therefore confusing addresses have been used in the DA form and the SEE. Council has used the address of 1R River Road, Oatley on the DA form. However, 1R River Road is the address of Boongarra Reserve. The SEE, which is titled River Road, Oatley (Former Oatley Bowling Club), states several times that the former Oatley Bowling Club site is on River Road. However, Table 2, which outlines details associated with the creation of the subject lots, does not refer to River Road. Instead it states that the address of the subject lots is 34 Mimosa Street. However, Mimosa Street is not even in the cadastral plan of the locality, indicating the subject site in red (Figure 3).

  • The former Hurstville Council advertised DAs for major projects in the St George Leader. Given this DA is for the proposed subdivision of land to create one new lot to allow for future development of the site for seniors housing - and such a development would be considered a major project - this DA should have been advertised to the general public.

 Documents relevant to this issue can be accessed below


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