Council rejects proposed closure of Gymea Bay playgroup centre

Saved: Parents and children at the centre, which the meeting heard was a unique, customised facility that had been used by playgroups since 1974. Picture: John Veage
Saved: Parents and children at the centre, which the meeting heard was a unique, customised facility that had been used by playgroups since 1974. Picture: John Veage

Sutherland Shire Council has rejected a proposal that would have led to the closure of a Gymea Bay children’s playgroup centre and the sale of the site for housing.

Between 150 to 200 children a week use the Gymea Bay Children’s Resource Centre.

A council planning committee report had recommended rezoning of the land from public recreation to low density residential and for it to be sold at auction.

The matter was given priority for debate at the council meeting on Monday night.

Parents, who presented councillors with a petition containing nearly 1000 signatures, attended.

Labor councillor Barry Collier moved for the retention of the present zoning and classification of the Gymea Bay Road site as “community land”, and its dedication for playgroup use.

Fees will stay at the present level while community consultation takes place.