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Monday, 4 June 2001
Page: 27125


Mr BAIRD (1:53 PM) —Tonight there is a very important meeting at Sutherland Shire Council chambers on the future of the proposal for the redevelopment of Sharks Leagues Club. I rise to condemn the gagging of meaningful public debate by Sutherland Shire Council in the lead-up to this meeting. The Cronulla Sharks have made a huge contribution to the Sutherland Shire, not only in rugby league but also in giving support to local charities, and they have boosted the local economy through financial support of various community projects.

It has been six months since the Sharks submitted their redevelopment plan to council, and it still has not gone on display. The proposal is aesthetically pleasing and places environmental concerns right at the top of the priorities. The project also promises further benefits to our economy, including the provision of conference and convention facilities as well as hotel rooms to attract more of Sydney's lucrative tourism dollars. A further advantage to our community is the inclusion of aged care housing, of which there is a desperate shortage in the southern region of Sydney. The actions of Sutherland Shire Council represent a petty and cynical attempt to win approval from a vocal minority resisting this excellent proposal, solely because it is another development—not on its merits. In fact, the vast majority of local people I have spoken to are supportive of the Sharks' plan. I simply say this to the councillors: make sure that you support the Sharks' proposal and do not give in to this vocal minority but put the priorities of the shire and the Sharks first at tonight's meeting.