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TIGERS CALL ON COUNCIL TO BACK DEVELOPMENT APPLICATION

Balmain Leagues Club has today called on Leichhardt Council to support the development application (DA) that will be lodged this Friday for the Tigers Rozelle site to help secure the future of the historic Club.

Developer, Mr Ian Wright, will submit a development application to Leichhardt Council to develop the currently derelict site this Friday.  The application will include a brand new 3600 sq m club space to return the Tigers home with bar, lounge, dining, function and entertainment areas.

The new purpose-built Club will be as 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 the rich sporting icons and historical landmarks of the Balmain Peninsula.

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 across local and state governments.

Balmain Tigers Chairman Leslie Glen has 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 return the Tigers home,” Mr 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.

“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.

“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 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 has also thanked the developer, Mr Ian 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.  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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