Georges River Council lodges DA for demolition of Carss Park Pool

The closed Carss Park Pool pictured late last year.
The closed Carss Park Pool pictured late last year.

Georges River Council has lodged a development application for the demolition of the Carss Park Pool which will have an estimated cost of more than $7.4 million.

The DA which was lodged today calls for the demolition of existing pool and ancillary structures, remediation of contaminated land, earthworks and associated landscaping works including a memorial wall.

The application is integrated development under Section 60 of the Heritage Act 1977 and will be assessed by Heritage NSW. The application will be determined by the Sydney South Planning Panel.

But a Notice of Motion lodged by Councillor Vince Badalati at last night's council meeting called for the demolition of the pool to be postponed until the completion of a feasibility study of both the Todd Park and Carss Park sites

The feasibility study into the Carss Park Pool site will determine if it is feasible to rebuild a swimming pool and fitness centre as existed previously to the closure of the pool.

"We need to be able to vote once we know the cost benefit studies on both sites," Cr Badalati said.

"Todd Park may come up as the far better site, or it could be the other way round. At this stage we don't know. We should do nothing until we are in a better postion to know which site is better for a new pool to go into."

Cr Badalati's motion was supported by eight votes to seven.

Voting in favour of his motion were Councillors Vince Badalati, Con Hindi, Rita Kastanias, Nick Katris,. Kathryn Landsberry, Leesha Payor, Colleen Symington and Christia Wu.

Voting against were Mayor Kevin Greene, and Councillors Stephen Aguis, Sam Elmir, Sandy Grekas, Lou Konjarski, Nancy Liu and Warren Tegg.

Consideration of the development application will go ahead, but any demolition won't begin until after the feasibility studies are completed.

The Development Application for the demolition of the pool includes a supporting Statement of Environmental Effects by SJB Planning which states: "The proposed development of the site in an orderly and economic way is in the public interest.

"The proposal will remediate what is known to be a contaminated site and make the land suitable for the proposed public recreation use.

"The proposed works will not result in any significant adverse impacts upon surrounding properties or the wider public. The proposed development will remove and clean up a contaminated and derelict site on the foreshores of Kogarah Bay that has been a source of anti-social behaviour and public safety risk to Council and return it to public open space for the use of the wider public. This is considered to be in the public interest."

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