Apr 1, 2019

Media Release – Labor Opposes Cutting Marrickville Golf Course in Half, Monday 1 April, 2019

THE HON LINDA BURNEY MP
MEMBER FOR BARTON

THE HON ANTHONY ALBANESE MP
MEMBER FOR GRAYNDLER

DARCY BYRNE
MAYOR OF THE INNER WEST

JO HAYLEN MP
STATE MEMBER FOR SUMMER HILL

LABOR OPPOSES CUTTING MARRICKVILLE GOLF COURSE IN HALF
Federal, state and local Labor representatives from across the Inner West have joined together to oppose plans to cut the Marrickville Golf course in half from 18 to nine holes.

The proposal, put forward in a draft plan of management by officers at the Inner West Council, has been proposed and supported previously by Greens Party elected representatives.

Marrickville Golf Club is a community institution, built in the 1940s by volunteer labour, and is the largest single green space in Marrickville and Dulwich Hill.

The Club is the custodian of one of the most affordable and accessible golf courses in Australia.

The course is heavily used by the local community as both active and passive recreation space. Golfers, dog walkers, pedestrians, runners and bio-diversity volunteers all share the space currently.

For decades the Clubhouse has hosted community events, charity fundraisers and provided a base for sporting organisations and local services to hold their activities.

All this would be put at risk by cutting the course in half.

This would result in the Club becoming unviable and risks this precious community land being alienated and targeted for sell-off in the future.

Comments attributable to Linda Burney:
The Marrickville Golf Club and course goes to the very heart and soul of the character of Marrickville.

Comments attributable to Anthony Albanese:

This is much more than a golf club, it’s an important green haven in a densely populated area that is a focal point for the local community.

Comments attributable to Darcy Byrne:

The community already has ownership of this course with local people walking and running along it freely. Council’s role should be to support existing users by investing in the space, not seeking to snatch control of it.

Comments attributable to Jo Haylen:

I love walking with my family and our dog through the course and along the river. Let’s remember, it’s not Royal Melbourne! I will always support our community club at Marrickville and continue to work with them to improve the quality of green space and the river.

MONDAY, 1 APRIL, 2019