Rockdale Council will work with the state government on plans for Cooks Cove

Expanded site: The Fishos Club site in Kyeemagh is included in the Cooks Cove project. Picture: John Veage.

Expanded site: The Fishos Club site in Kyeemagh is included in the Cooks Cove project. Picture: John Veage.

Rockdale Council hopes to work with the state government in a bid to take control of crown land.

The land is part of the Cooks Cove project and takes in Barton and Riverine parks.

Councillors resolved at the February 3 council meeting to put forward three options.

The first priority would be to push for the crown land, which is held by the Barton Park Reserve Trust, to be vested to Council.

The second priority would be to acquire the land for a nominal amount.

That option would be subject to approval by the Minister for Local Government Paul Toole.

As a third priority council would seek a 99 year lease agreement.

The Cooks Cove project has a long history after having failed to progress after more than 15 years.

UrbanGrowth NSW is now responsible for development of the site after the Cooks Cove Development Corporation was dissolved in August 2013.

In September 2014, the state government rejected an unsolicited proposal from Kogarah Golf Club that included the relocation and construction of a new St George Soccer Stadium and the replacement of the previous trade and technology zone with a mixed use precinct including about 5000 residential apartments.

The council in March wrote to Premier Mike Baird and the relevant planning ministers calling on them to expedite the planning and rezoning of the site.

What would you like to see as part of the Cooks Cove project?

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