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DEVELOPMENT

The very nature of our Development Committee is to set the agenda for future works at the Club through recommendations to the Board.

During 2019, our Club’s future at Merrylands was secured by the approval of our Concept Masterplan by the Joint Regional Planning Panel. We can now confidently make Development Applications to Cumberland City Council with the knowledge that they have the support of a higher authority.

The first test will come when the next stage’s application will be submitted during the second half of 2020. This is when we propose to add the next level on top of northern portion of the footprint, mostly over the Signatures Restaurant and Spinners Gaming Lounge.

Our architectural consultants and senior management have been forced to reconsider our future style of catering options for the Level 1 restaurant because of the fall-out from the Covid-19 pandemic. Buffet (shared all you can eat) service is not likely to be offered for the foreseeable future. The most cost efficient method to put into the additions will determine when the demolition of the old southern end of the club is feasible. A proposal is expected to be put before the Board in the second half of 2020 before it goes off to Council.

Another aspect of future progress is the Club Umina Gym Development that has completed the planning stages with the approval of the DA. The Board has reviewed the cost plan, and all is in readiness to get the final arrangements in place to start construction. The completion date was anticipated to be in November 2020, but that may be under pressure given the current circumstances with the health restrictions.

The Forster Units application to have the land use re-zoned has progressed to a Gateway Determination from the Great Lakes Council as at January 2020. We have been informed that the rest of the procedures will take up to twelve months to complete community consultation and feedback on the whole of the Forster LGA of a new Local Environment Plan. One of the expected outcomes would be a Development Control Plan for our specific site to allow a higher residential density similar to the units development next door.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the people associated with the development team for their time and dedication that you have placed into Merrylands RSL’s future.

Ron Hand JP
President