The proposal to halve the land of Marrickville Golf Course, turning it into a nine hole course, is a nonsense which should be rejected immediately by Marrickville Council.
Marrickville Golf Club has 775 active members and its facilities are enjoyed by hundreds of people each and every week, including many of the budding golfers of tomorrow through the Jack Newton Junior Golf cadet program that links the golf club with many local primary schools.
The clubhouse is used by local community organisations for functions and has been the primary choice for New South Wales Seniors Week events for the past three years.
Club President Eddie Lakiss has said that, should the golf club be cut in half, then the entire facility and community clubhouse would be at risk of closing, which would be a devastating loss to the local community.
I reject the proposal, which I assume is inspired by the Greens political party on Marrickville Council that seems to be opposed to active sport being conducted in the local area.
Marrickville Golf Club is a fantastic piece of local community infrastructure. It is an integral part of Marrickville’s history and future and the local community will fight these proposals.
Leader of the Australian Labor Party, MP for Grayndler, Rabbitohs Life Member. Authorised by Anthony Albanese, ALP, Canberra.