LABOR AMENDMENTS SAVE SPORTING PRECINCTS FROM DEVELOPERS
NSW Labor has won a battle to protect key sporting grounds from developers, by amending the Sporting Venues Authorities Bill in the NSW Upper House.
Changes proposed by the Berejiklian Government would have allowed the Minister for Sport, at the stroke of a pen, to approve:
- The construction of serviced apartments on Western Sydney Stadium
- The development of a commercial hotel on Number 2 Oval in Wollongong
- Widespread residential development across the Newcastle Sporting Precinct
It would also have opened up development around the state’s most significant sporting heritage site, the Sydney Cricket Ground.
With support of the crossbench, Labor removed provisions from the Bill which may have unleashed residential and commercial development.
The current provision remains – requiring the Government to bring any proposal for residential or commercial hotel development on Venues land back to the Parliament.
Labor was also successful in removing the Berejiklian Governments attempted attack on the Sydney Olympic Park Authority – which would have seen its assets carved up under the proposed legislation.
The Sydney Cricket Ground, Olympic venues, Western Sydney Stadium, Wollongong Stadium and Newcastle Sporting Precinct are some of our most important sporting lands and are protected by legislation.
This poor attempt by the NSW Government to “slip changes through the Parliament under the cover of their Venues Bill” has been rightly rejected.
These changes will ensure sport and the community’s interests will always come first in our sporting precincts.