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Skatepark hits heritage hurdles

Opinion by ANDREW WOODHOUSE Woollahra Council’s long running and controversial proposal for skateboard facilities in Rushcutters Bay Park has hit a major speed hump. The NSW Heritage Office’s Recommendation Committee has recommended the park be state heritage listed, its highest protective listing. This means no development can occur without the Heritage Office’s approval. Its listing […]

Bad behaviour gets plenty of air

By JOHN MOYLE A week in politics is a long time and for Woollahra Council last week must have seemed like eternity as Councillor Anthony Marano’s comments about objectors to the Rushcutters Bay skateboard park being “old people with nothing else to do with their time... who will be dead in ten years’ time,” continues […]

Skate park roller ride

Opinion: By ANDREW WOODHOUSE After six years Woollahra Council is still no closer to finding a location for its $1.1 million skateboard structure for youngsters aged 5-12. The NSW Heritage Office intervened to impose an Interim Heritage Order over the proposed Rushcutters Bay site, effective from 25th January this year. The Order lasts twelve months and […]

Woollahra’s arrogant councillors

BY IRINA DUNN Former City of Sydney Councillor and barrister Dixie Coulton is among many people appalled by the behaviour of some Woollahra councillors towards constituents opposing the proposed skatepark on the eastern side of Rushcutters Bay Park. The proposed skatepark is larger than an Olympic-sized swimming pool at 1,225 square metres. Coulton is a […]

Skateboard issue hots up

By Andrew Woodhouse The epic saga over Woollahra Council’s proposed skateboard structure in Rushcutters Bay Park continues. The Council’s original decision to refuse it at a full council meeting in 2017 – 14 votes to 1 – was applauded. But after the September 2018 local council elections, council changed its political complexion. This $1.2 million, […]

Locals see red over green space plans

BY JADE MORELLINI Residents are furious at Woollahra Council for revisiting the proposal of a Youth Recreation Facility at Rushcutters Bay Park. Woollahra Council identified three possible locations for the youth facilities and have decided on a location beside the noisy New South Head Road and, according to Woollahra Mayor Peter Cavanagh, “won’t stand out […]

Woollahra Council does 180 on skatepark

BY ANITA SENARATNA Woollahra Council is reconsidering a controversial proposal for youth recreational facilities in Rushcutters Bay Park. Crs Anthony Marano (Liberal) and Matthew Robertson (Greens) put the issue back on the agenda at a recent council meeting, with support from the Residents First party who has councillors in all five wards. The proposal, in […]

Rushcutters Bay locals fenced in over oval concerns

  Rushcutters Bay residents are up in arms over an upgrade to Reg Bartley Oval that they believe will fundamentally change the passive nature of the park. The City of Sydney council is proposing replacing the timber picket fence around the oval, which was built in 1885, with a metal lookalike for maintenance reasons. Council […]

No fair play at Fitzroy Gardens

The Land and Environment Court has granted an injunction against the City of Sydney Council building a canopy over the playground at Fitzroy Gardens in Kings Cross, as part of its broader upgrade plans for the park. The decision prevents the Council from building the 45-square metre, five-metre high and steel-framed canopy until a development […]