The Balmain Leagues Club has called on Leichhardt Council and Tigers fans to support the development application to be lodged this Friday for the Tigers Rozelle site.
Developer Ian Wright is expected to submit a development application to Leichhardt Council to develop the currently derelict site which will include a brand new 3,600 square metre club space with a bar, lounge, dining, function and entertainment areas.
The new purpose-built Club will be a social venue for the Club’s 16,000 members and will provide meeting, reception and social facilities for the broader community as well as a museum dedicated to Tigers’ legends.
A child care and after school care facility for children of working parents is also being considered by the Club’s Board.
The site has been through various development and planning processes over the past decade, with lengthy delays and opposition from Roads and Maritime Services.
Balmain Tigers Chairman Dr Leslie Glen urged Leichhardt Council to throw their support behind the application and return the Tigers to their historic home.
“After a lengthy process and years of uncertainty, it is time for Leichhardt Council to bring the Tigers home,” Dr Glen said.
“The development application which is about to be submitted will have a fantastic facility for our club and will give our members the home they deserve.”
Dr Glen has previously described the vacant site as a “rat infested eyesore” and believes Tigers fans have suffered long enough.
“Our members and supporters have been put through the wringer for too long and it’s time for Council to return this community club back to its home,” he said.
“Our members and the wider community have called for the return of the Leagues Club to Rozelle, and now with the submission of this development application the decision about our future is in the hands of the Council.
“We urge the Council to end the years of uncertainty, delays and roadblocks by supporting this application, which is fully compliant with the masterplan granted for the site by Council back in 2008.”
Dr Glen thanked Mr Wright for his efforts in getting the development application submitted and bringing the Tigers home.
“We are very appreciative of the support Mr Wright has given the club through the lengthy and unnecessary delays in redeveloping the site,” Dr Glen said.
“Our two sites at Five Dock and Sydney Markets are performing well, so too is our Junior Representative program.
“But the reality is that both entities could not be functional without the ongoing support from Mr Wright and the Club is genuinely grateful”.
“We look forward to returning to our home at Rozelle as part of Mr Wright’s development in the very near future, and we are simply calling on Council to support and honour the approved masterplan of 2008.
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