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Volume 16 No. 40
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2011
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ACT RESCUE AND FOSTER'S
2000TH SUCCESS STORY
NEW CHIEF TAKES AIM AT
Unknown future for course
Supporters left frustrated
Southern Cross Pitch and Putt Club chairman Luc Lombardo and vice-chair June Cullen, pictured on the bridge
to the pitch and putt course, are concerned about the future of the course.
MEMBERS of the Southern Cross
Pitch and Putt Club have been left
frustrated after a change in wording
from an ACT Planning and Land
Authority decision has left their course
unprotected from future development.
The club had been fighting the
Southern Cross Club's proposal to
change the lease conditions on the
pitch and putt course to allow for the
possible future relocation of the club's
gym facilities to the site.
Members were celebrating on
Tuesday after ACTPLA's initial
decision to change the lease conditions
to include a gym and associated
facilities, and a community facility in
addition to an 18-hole pitch and putt
Pitch and Putt Club vice-chair June
Cullen said members had interpreted
that this meant all three uses would co-
exist on the site.
On Thursday however, ACTPLA
issued a correction to its notice of
decision, stating that one or more of a
gym and associated facilities, a com-
munity facility and an 18-hole pitch
and putt course was allowed on the
Ms Cullen said this had substantially
weakened the club's bargaining power
with the Southern Cross Club over the
future of the pitch and putt course.
''By adding the wording 'one or
more', the new decision ... permits the
lessee to choose any one of the three
approved uses for the site,'' she said.
''They have the power to put the
gym there at the expense of the course.
''We thought we'd had a win, but
that win has been taken away, and all
our power to negotiate with the
Southern Cross Club is gone. It just
shows the difference a day can make;
we've gone from jubilation to anx-
Adding further concerns about the
future of the course is the ACTPLA
condition of approval that additional
parking be provided onsite.
Pitch and Putt Club president Luc
Lombardo said this would be difficult
to accommodate without reducing the
space being used for the 18-hole pitch
and putt course or without undertaking
a redesign of the course.
He said the club would push to have
the car parking area in Irving Street
allocated just for patrons using the
recreational facilities in the area.
Southern Cross Club chief executive
Greg Mitchell welcomed the decision
from ACTPLA and said it would allow
the club to plan for the future with
''All this decision has done is give
the club opportunities and options
down the track, that's what the whole
application was about,'' he said.
''The intention was to have the
option of relocating our gym to that
site if need be.
''We have been working with the
pitch and putt club and we'll continue
to do that and look at all options we
have for them to continue.''
Mr Mitchell said the lease for the
club's gym expired in 2015, and given
the land on which it is situated was up
for sale, its continued tenure there
post-2015 was unlikely.
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