Frequently Asked Questions

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+ Why does the proposal plan to relocate the Kogarah Golf Course and Clubhouse?

The Cook Cove project involves relocating the Kogarah Golf Club from their existing facility within the Northern Precinct onto land to be under the care and control of Bayside Council, known as the Southern Precinct.

This relocation is necessary as a first step to enable the redevelopment of the existing golf course land owned by Kogarah Golf Club as the new Cook Cove mixed-use development. The Cook Cove project will provide new homes and jobs for the wider region over the next 5 to 15 years. The relocation of the course will facilitate the widespread remediation of the Southern Precinct and enable the construction of new recreation, sporting, community and civic facilities throughout both the Southern and Northern Precincts.

+ How will the proposal benefit the Bayside LGA and its community?

The rejuvenation of the Cook Cove Precinct will happen over the next 5 to 15 years with the first public benefits from the relocated golf course expected to be seen within 24 months. The redevelopment will contribute to the long term future of the new Bayside local government area and its community.

The relocation of the golf course to a new facility will enable the development of new sporting, community and civic facilities within both the Southern and Northern Precincts in the near term, and provide new homes and jobs for the wider region in accordance with the strategic directions of the Greater Sydney Commission and the Department of Planning and Environment.

The redevelopment of the Cook Cove Precinct will include significant remediation of heavily contaminated land, which will help mitigate further contamination leaching into the Cooks River.

In total, there will be approximately $400 million of community benefits in civic facilities, public domain and environment remediation works arising from the golf course relocation.

+ What will happen to the Clubs using the current sporting fields within the Southern Precinct?

The construction of the golf course in the Southern Precinct will mean the temporary relocation of the St George Saints Football Club and the current users of the sporting fields. Discussions are presently ongoing with Council and affected users of existing fields. Appropriate temporary relocation to other facilities will take place prior to remediation works commencing in the Southern Precinct.

Moving the golf course to the Southern Precinct will enable a new stadium and new playing fields to be built in the Northern Precinct. The new stadium will be built to Football NSW Premier League standards, and have a FIFA approved synthetic surface. These new improved facilities will be located much closer to public transport than the existing fields, and will better cater to the sporting and recreational needs of the growing local community.

Various community sporting clubs have historically leased portions of Barton Park and Riverine Park as playing fields. Council, community groups and the proponent have worked collectively in recent years to achieve the implementation of the objectives of SREP 33 at Cook Cove, for the benefit of the wider community.

After a lengthy consultation with many community stakeholders, a substantial upgrade of public recreation and open space facilities were designed and delivered at Council’s Bicentennial and Scarborough Parks during 2008 to 2009. These upgrades cost approximately $8 million and were delivered at no cost to Council or the community.

Works Completed as part of Rockdale and Scarborough Park Upgrades Bicentennial Park North

  • Expanded carpark between Bicentennial Park North and Bicentennial Park South
  • Refurbished amenities building
  • New bike rack
  • New signage

Bicentennial Park South

  • New clubhouse and amenities building including a canteen, home and away changing rooms with showers, storage, male, female and accessible toilets
  • Soccer field improvements
  • New fencing
  • Bus set down area on West Botany Street
  • New signage

Bicentennial Park East

  • New amenities building including a canteen, home and away changing rooms with showers, storage, male, female and accessible toilets
  • Provision of three new soccer fields (two fields 100m x 64m and one field 75m x 55m)
  • New soccer goals and line marking
  • New light poles and flood lights
  • Landscaping adjacent to field
  • New fencing
  • New signage

Scarborough Park East

  • Demolition of existing amenities building
  • New amenities building including home and away changing rooms with showers, storage, male, female and accessible toilets.
  • New winter soccer overlay including new soccer goals
  • New light poles and flood lights
  • New signage

Scarborough Park North

  • New amenities building including canteen, playing fields storage, council maintenance storage, home and away changing rooms with showers, and male, female and accessible toilets.
  • Main soccer field improvements
  • New light poles and flood lights
  • New signage

Barton Street Cricket Nets

  • Upgraded cricket nets including new and upgraded turf-style wickets and bowlers run-up
  • New wire ceiling
  • Additional angle parking

Scarborough Park Central

  • Internal refurbishment of existing amenities building including upgrade of showers and creation of new storage
  • New amenities building including male, female and accessible toilets, and council maintenance storage
  • New signage

Scarborough Park South

  • New amenities building including canteen, storage, home and away changing rooms with showers, and male, female and accessible toilets
  • Provision of two full-size baseball fields including diamonds, dugouts, back nets, fencing, scorers facility with an additional junior diamond incorporated into the main field
  • New light poles and flood lights
  • New bike rack
  • New signage

+ What will happen to the current publicly accessible open space within the Southern Precinct?

A key objective of the overall Cook Cove project is to ensure that an appropriate quantum of open space and recreation facilities is delivered both onsite and offsite for the benefit of the local community and that the quality of the open space and recreation facilities are superior to that which currently exists on site. The Southern Precinct proposal includes a variety of public domain upgrades. These are complemented by:

  • The upgrade works already undertaken offsite at Rockdale Bicentennial and Scarborough Parks; and
  • New open space and recreation facilities to be located within the Cook Cove Northern Precinct.

In addition to providing a commitment for the provision of a new stadium and associated playing fields in the Northern Precinct, the Southern Precinct DA proposes a suite of public domain works including:

  • New and upgraded shared pedestrian / cycle links;
  • A new public pathway and raised boardwalk along the western boundary to enhance public connectivity;
  • Two new viewing decks, one within the Landing Lights Wetland and one within the Spring Street Wetland;
  • Construction of new pocket parks, seating and fitness stations along the proposed pedestrian / cycle path network;
  • Construction of a new headland park with a new bridge over Muddy Creek providing access to Botany Bay;
  • Enhancements to the existing Riverine Park, fronting West Botany Street;
  • Upgrades to the existing Kyeemagh Reserve, on the eastern side of Muddy Creek.

The proposed public domain works and provision of public open space within the Southern Precinct are intended to be the first stage of a suite of new public recreational facilities, infrastructure and open space to be delivered as part of the overall Cook Cove project. These works will cater to a wide range of age groups and uses, promote public activation of the Cooks River Foreshore and connect with existing public domain and open space surrounding the Southern Precinct. The works will result in superior quality public domain and public amenity.

The Cook Cove Precinct will have 73% of land allocated to open space, recreation and environmental protection areas, and close to half (45%) of the 36.8ha Northern Precinct site will be open to the Bayside LGA for recreational community use.

Following the commencement of the Cook Cove project, access will be managed to facilitate the relocation of the golf club into the Southern Precinct and to carry out the public domain enhancements and upgrades. With regard to existing sporting facilities, an overall program will be developed in conjunction with the rezoning process to ensure the staged shift of publicly accessible recreation facilities.

+ When will the new golf course be operational?

Pending all necessary approvals, it is intended that works will commence on site in late-2018 and for the first nine holes, including interim clubhouse facilities of the new golf course, to be open in late-2020, when the golf course has sufficiently grown-in to permit play.

+ Will the new Kogarah Golf Course be open to the public?

The Kogarah Golf Club will continue to be accessible to the public. Tee times will be available upon request. The clubhouse facility will also be publicly accessible. Other areas within the Southern Precinct will be available to the public 24hrs 7 days a week and include new and improved illuminated shared pedestrian / cycle ways, pocket parks and fitness stations, Headland Park and Riverine Park and regional connection to Botany Bay.

+ What will happen with the ownership of the Crown land within Barton and Riverine Parks?

It is proposed that Crown land will be consolidated with the adjacent Bayside Council land to create a single recreation precinct under the ownership of Bayside Council.

+ What will be the leasing arrangements for the new Kogarah Golf Course?

Once the land is transferred to Council ownership, it is proposed that the Kogarah Golf Club enter into a 99 year lease for the golf course portion of the Southern Precinct. All areas of public domain will remain under Council ownership and management.

+ Why was the Cook Cove Southern Precinct DA withdrawn?

The Cook Cove DA (2017/179) was lodged with Bayside Council in November 2016 and was independently assessed by Council-appointed planning firm SJB. Following extensive consultation with the community, a decision has been made to submit an amended DA, which incorporates the community’s feedback. This enhanced DA is currently planned to be submitted to Bayside Council in early-2018.

The purpose of best-practice community consultation is to take on board the different perspectives of all members of the community and make amendments where feasible and appropriate. Based on community feedback through open information sessions, the submissions made to Bayside Council, and feedback from the various government agencies under the referral process, several improvements have been made to the original concept with a view to securing enhanced environmental and biodiversity outcomes, increased liveability, improved use of open space and increased public access for the community.

The amended DA also includes all details pertaining to the new Clubhouse. By incorporating the new clubhouse, all elements of the proposed new golf course will be covered by one comprehensive development application, ensuring enhanced visibility across the entire process.

Key design improvements include:

  • A new public pathway and raised boardwalk along the western boundary to enhance public connectivity and enjoyment of the area;
  • Rehabilitation and reconstruction of the Spring Street Wetland as a saltmarsh habitat;
  • Two new viewing decks, one within the Landing Lights Wetlands and one within the Spring Street Wetlands to enhance public access and appreciation;
  • No loss of cultivation of the Arncliffe Market Gardens, and enhancement of heritage interpretation and viewing opportunities.

A key tenet of the amended DA, is improved environmental outcomes, including the remediation of the Southern aspect of the site. A number of studies have identified widespread soil and groundwater contamination throughout the site as a result of past use as a municipal landfill for putrescible waste in the 1960s and preceding use as part of the Arncliffe sewerage farm.

Without remediation, the current wetland habitat and populations of species such as the Green and Gold Bell frog will continue to decline and eventually no longer inhabit the area. Under the terms of this proposal the land will be remediated, and sustainable ecosystems established to ensure the highest chance for existing populations to thrive.

The amended DA will go on public exhibition shortly after it has been submitted to Bayside Council which will afford the public, government agencies, and all interested parties the opportunity to consider the suggested design improvements. This will better inform the design of the Cook Cove project, ultimately enabling the development of new sporting, community and civic facilities ensuring a thriving community within the Bayside area and broader region for generations to come.

+ How will the proposed redevelopment of the Cook Cove Southern Precinct impact traffic movements in the area?

Future access to the golf course maintenance facility is proposed from West Botany Street and future access to the KGC clubhouse is proposed from Bestic Street. The relocated golf course is not expected to contribute to any increase in traffic movements in the local area as it will replace the existing facility north of the M5 Motorway.

+ How long was the Cook Cove Southern Precinct DA on public exhibition for?

The DA exhibition period was extended by Bayside Council to provide the local community with more time to review the proposal and ran for a period of 65 days (7 December 2016 to 10 February 2017).

+ What is the next stage of the Southern Precinct development?

Following extensive consultation with the community, a decision has been made to submit an amended DA, which incorporates the community’s feedback. This enhanced DA is currently planned to be submitted to Bayside Council in early-2018.

+ How will the Bayside West Precincts Land Use and Infrastructure Strategy impact the Northern Precinct redevelopment?

The Bayside West Precincts Land Use and Infrastructure Strategy released by the Department of Planning and Environment provides a framework for future development in Arncliffe, Banksia and Cook Cove.

In particular, the strategy identifies the Northern Precinct of Cook Cove as suitable for mixed use and residential development. The strategy recommends additional investigations into how future development within Cook Cove can be a catalyst for providing a new local centre with homes, jobs, shops, cafes and restaurants, in an attractive, liveable and convenient place where people enjoy living, working and visiting.

In line with the recommendations of the strategy, Cook Cove Inlet has prepared a Planning Proposal, including masterplanned rezoning, which was lodged with Bayside Council in mid-2017.

+ What is the proposed timeline for the preparation and lodgement of the proposal for the Northern Precinct?

Cook Cove Inlet lodged the Northern Precinct Planning Proposal in mid-2017. This included the masterplan and rezoning for the future mixed-use, recreational and sporting facilities.

+ How much public open space will there be available on the Northern Precinct?

Across the Cook Cove Precinct, there will be a mix of open space and public recreation facilities for the benefit of the local community that will be superior in quality and accessibility to that currently available on site. The Southern Precinct will be remediated to address the contamination on site and include a range of new pocket parks, and shared pedestrian/cycle links, upgrades to the existing Kyeemagh Reserve, and publicly accessible walkways to Landing Lights Wetland, Spring Street Wetland, and other areas of public interest. The Kogarah Golf Club will continue to be accessible to the general public as it always has been, including the new clubhouse facilities.

In the Northern Precinct there will be a range of high quality public domain and open space improvements, including a new NSW Premier League grade stadium with seating for 750 people, FIFA standard synthetic playing fields, and cycling and pedestrian links. The new facilities will help support the growing local community and provide for greater regional connectivity in line with the Bayside West Precincts Land Use and Infrastructure Strategy (LUIS).

The Cook Cove Precinct (both North and South) will have 73% of land allocated to open space, recreation and environmental protection areas, and close to half (45%) of the 36.8ha Northern Precinct site will be open to the Bayside LGA for recreational and community use.

+ When will the new public domain and community facilities on the Northern Precinct be available to the community?

Cook Cove Inlet will deliver the Football Stadium and multi-purpose sports fields and new northern precinct foreshore cycleway concurrent with the first stage of redevelopment. Subsequent recreational permanent facilities will be constructed when land presently occupied by the WestConnex construction compound is vacated. Interim recreational fields will be made available once the Kogarah Golf Club has been relocated.

+ Will any of the wetlands in the Southern Precinct be affected by relocation of the golf course?

The Southern Precinct of Cook Cove is heavily contaminated and requires remediation before the Golf Course can be relocated.

Portions of the Southern Precinct have been previously used as a night soil depository and as both a putrescible and non-putrescible municipal landfill. These chemicals and waste materials have risen to the surface of playing fields and have leached into the Cooks River, impacting the local Landing Lights and Spring Street Wetlands.

A study by Cumberland Ecology has indicated that by remediating the Southern Precinct including the Landing Lights Wetland — as well as reconstructing the Spring Street Wetland to create a new water body for migratory birds — many types of species such as the endangered Green and Golden Bell Frogs and migratory wading birds will be better off as a result of the redevelopment.

The proposal will rehabilitate and create new purpose built habitats for endangered Green and Golden Bell Frogs and migratory wading birds, and help to prevent further contamination leaching into the Cooks River. If nothing is done to remediate these wetlands, there will likely be a long-term adverse impact on the Landing Lights Wetland and surrounding habitat, making the area unsuitable for species like the Green and Golden Bell Frogs, ultimately exacerbating their decline.

+ What measures are being taken to protect the wetlands, the heritage-listed Market Gardens, and the surrounding environment in the Southern Precinct?

The wetlands will be rehabilitated in accordance with a Remediation Action Plan and a Wetlands Plan of Management, and be maintained by Kogarah Golf Club over the 99 year lease period.

The plan will seek to address the contamination on site and thereby rehabilitate the wetlands, including surrounding saltmarsh and mangroves. This will also enable the creation of new ecological habitats for endangered species in the Southern Precinct, including additional saltmarsh and mangrove planting.

Upgrades will be made to operational infrastructure in the Arncliffe Market Gardens, however no heritage structures will be altered and there will be no loss of cultivation.

No heritage structures in the Arncliffe Market Gardens will be altered, but upgrades will be made to operational infrastructure.

+ How will feedback from the public exhibition of the Bayside West Precincts Land Use and Infrastructure Strategy (LUIS) inform the planning for the Southern and Northern Precincts?

The amended Cook Cove Southern Precinct proposal will be lodged in early 2018 with Bayside Council. In due course, the Southern Precinct DA will provide a collective response to issues raised by the public and to provide a response to specific provisions contained within the LUIS.

+ Will Cook Cove Inlet continue to consult with the local community?

Yes. During the masterplanning process, Cook Cove Inlet intends to undertake further consultation with key stakeholders and the community to seek their input in relation to the structure of the Northern Precinct, with a focus on the new recreation and sporting facilities to be provided to the community.

The amended Southern Precinct DA will go on public exhibition shortly after it has been submitted to Bayside Council which will afford the public, government agencies, and all interested parties the opportunity to consider the suggested design improvements. This will better inform the design of the Cook Cove project, ultimately enabling the development of new sporting, community and civic facilities ensuring a thriving community within the Bayside area and broader region for generations to come.

+ Will the Arncliffe Market Gardens be affected by the proposal?

Cook Cove Inlet is investing approximately $400,000 within the Arncliffe Market Gardens to improve the overall viability of the Gardens and ensure that the operators can continue to provide for the local area into the future. The proposal includes new fencing, on-site relocation of temporary (non-heritage) structures, truck turning facilities, and new drainage and pumps, which will protect parts of the Market Gardens site from flood damage.

There will be no loss of cultivated area within the Arncliffe Market Gardens, and there will be an enhancement of heritage interpretation and viewing opportunities. The proposal does include a boundary realignment of uncultivated land. This land will be used predominately for the creation of new Saltmarsh habitat adjacent to the Landing Lights Wetland.

The upgrade works and the boundary realignment are subject to ongoing consultation with the landowner and their tenant. The works proposed are intended to ensure the longevity of the Arncliffe Market Gardens and represent an enhanced suite of improvement to those previously approved by Council and the NSW Office and Environment in 2008.

+ Will there be appropriate buffers in place to create separation between migratory wading birds and other species from golfers?

The proposed golf course layout has been designed in collaboration with ecologists to ensure appropriate separation to the Landing Lights Wetland and Spring Street Wetland. The golf holes adjacent to the Landing Lights Wetland will include bio-swales designed to prevent runoff from greens and fairways from entering the adjacent saltmarsh habitat. Further, chemical exclusion zones and controls surrounding the use of organic fertilizers will be observed. In addition, 1.71ha of new saltmarsh habitat will be created, largely consolidated adjacent to Muddy Creek. This will create new opportunities to attract wading birds to a different part of the site.

It is also important to note that, locating the golf course near the wetlands and migratory birds has been considered on several occasions by the relevant environmental agencies. For example, development approval was granted for the relocation of the golf course to the southern precinct by Council in December 2006. As part of the approval, the various NSW State environmental agencies reviewed the proposal and provided their terms of approval to council.

The impact of the proposal on migratory birds has also been considered twice by the Commonwealth Department of Environment under the provisions of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. The Commonwealth department provided a controlled action approval for the entire Cooks Cove project on 15 June 2007. Further information can be foudn on the EPBC page.

Both the construction and ongoing operation of the golf course will be undertaken consistent with an Open Space Plan of Management, a Wetlands Plan of Management, a Soil and Water Plan of Management, and Green and Golden Bell Frog Plan of Management, amongst other plans of management that will be endorsed by Council and the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage.

+ Will there be any flood impacts on the Landing Lights Wetland?

The amended Southern Precinct DA will include detailed flood modelling on both the on-site wetlands and adjacent properties. The modelling, which is consistent with Council and State guidelines and existing Council flood modelling for the broader area, demonstrates that the filling proposed can be undertaken in a form and manner that retains the appropriate hydrological balance in the Landing Lights Wetland. The Spring Street Wetlands in its current form does not have a substantial flood storage capacity and there is a balance of cut and fill across the site to ensure any off-site flood impacts are negligible.

Moreover, the proposal includes a number of new waterbodies and new wetland habitats which contribute to water storage. For example, the proposal includes the establishment of around 1.71ha of new Saltmarsh habitat that will provide new ecological habitat as well as assist with improving the water quality of the site.

There have been ongoing discussions with the state government landowners and Bayside Council, and owner’s consent will be secured prior to the approval of the amened DA.