On 7 November 2014, the Easts Group (Easts) announced that they will be withdrawing their Bowling Club rezoning application as a result of community concerns. This in part is due to letters of objection that the community sent to Council, state politicians and directly to Easts. We are pleased that Easts have taken these concerns on board and hope that they will engage with the community as they work through the direction to now take the club.
In their release, Easts maintain that the Bowling Club “cannot be sustained as it is”. As such, we can expect a revised proposal in due course. The Waverley Residents Action Group stands ready to work with Easts in an open and transparent way to better understand the financial performance of the club. In that way we can assist Easts in meeting its performance targets for the site which will enable Easts to maintain the open space and character of the area.
Needless to say, this is probably only round one of a long process, so please register your objection on the right and you will be notified if Easts submits a new proposal. In the mean time, there is a lot going on in Waverley, so please help some of the other groups battling over development.
What had Easts proposed?
Easts had lodged a planning proposal for the Waverley Bowling Club which sought a rezoning from RE2 (Private Recreation) to B4 (Mixed Use). B4 is the same zoning as Bondi Junction. Easts Planned to develop a massive complex, complete with two 45m towers (equivalent to 15 stories). The proposal was outrageous. They also wanted to put in a pool, gym and childcare centre. You don’t need a rezone for those facilities.
The streets of Waverley already struggle to accommodate the traffic flow. Adding two 45m towers, licensed club, function centre, etc would have brought traffic flow to a standstill. In addition, the increased traffic flow would have impacted the safety of children using the footpaths to access Waverley oval. Yet Easts chose to do their traffic study outside of the peak times.
The residential towers were entirely out of keeping with the low and medium density housing of surrounding areas. There is little justification in increasing the current height and floor space controls which were recently agreed in the LEP.
Having a function centre and licensed club in the middle of a suburban area would have brought with it an unacceptable increase in noise and night time activity in an area that is surrounded by family living.
The current zoning for recreational use is appropriate for a council area that is already highly populated.