29 May 2020
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Council endorse “in principle” 10-year lease with golf club
The Town of Mosman Park Council has endorsed an “in principle” 10-year lease agreement with the Mosman Park Golf Club (MPGC) from 1 July 2021, subject to a further report in June 2020 to finalise the draft Agreement.
Mayor Brett Pollock says: “We have been working together over the last few months to reach an agreement on the terms of this new lease as both the Town and the MPGC know it is an important community asset.”
Once the new lease is effective, MPGC will be responsible for any ongoing maintenance and capital works projects.
MPGC General Manager Tony Howell says: “Many community members and guests enjoy this beautiful course and picturesque views. We will work with the Town on maintaining the safety and splendour of the club.”
The nine-hole golf course was built in 1961 by the Club's founding members. In recent years, it has undergone a facelift under the guidance of Perth golf course architect Michael Coate.
In addition to the course, the MPGC offers a range of membership options, lessons, corporate golf days, and has a pro shop. It is also available for hire for weddings, social events and business seminars.
Mayor Pollock says: “We look forward to continuing to work closely and collaboratively as the Agreement progresses.”
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Dear Mosman Park residents and ratepayers,
In late 2019, we started the process of considering options for the future of the Mosman Park golf course. Over the last few months I have heard, loud and clear, from many people throughout the community, how important this natural asset is to
you and me.
In our Town, we are truly blessed to have so much green open space. We are surrounded by natural beauty on all sides - our parks and reserves, our river and ocean - which are key to why people choose to live here. Our community clubs, groups, associations and volunteers add value beyond measure. In recognition of the support you have expressed for the Mosman Park Golf Club, Council last night offered them a new lease for seven years with the option of a further extension of two
This lease was offered so that the Club can continue to operate and we can engage the community on your priorities for Council in the next ten years. I would like to thank everyone who has contacted Council to share their views, and I am confident that after extensive community consultation – including forming a Community Panel, and consulting all ratepayers and residents over the next twelve months - Council will be able to make an informed decision. This decision will meet community needs, respecting the contribution made by our clubs, volunteers and community groups, and offer maximum opportunity for everyone to enjoy the golf course reserve. Keep an eye on this website for more updates as they emerge and fact sheets about all pertinent matters before Council.
Mayor Brett Pollock
Town of Mosman Park
Updated Monday 17 February 2020
A Council Report about the future of the Mosman Park Golf Course will be tabled at our Agenda Forum on Tuesday 18 February 2020 commencing at 6pm in the Council Chambers.
To read the report and the full agenda for this meeting, click here and the attachments are here.
For information on how to ask a question or make a deputation click here.
In 18 January's edition of POST Newspapers, Mayor Brett Pollock has put some context around current discussions about the future of the Mosman Park golf course
On Friday 10 January 2020, Mayor Pollock was quoted in an interview with David Cohen of The Post newspaper, where he forecast the beginning of a discussion about the possible future use of the land now occupied by the Mosman Park Golf Club.
To assist our residents, patrons of the club and other interested parties to understand the issues raised in that article, a list of answers for Frequently Asked Questions is listed below.
What is happening with the Mosman Park Golf Course?
We invite the community to work closely together with us as we begin to consider the vision for the future use of the land occupied by the Mosman Park Golf Course.
No decisions have been made at this time – a decision will only be made once extensive community consultation has been undertaken.
Has a decision already been made?
No. After a process of community engagement, the options will be put to a decision of Council. A decision will only be made after the consultation is complete and community needs are known and understood.
Why is the Town of Mosman Park doing this?
The Golf Club lease will expire in June 2022. We want to explore all viable options available so that we can consider a variety of opportunities for the site for best possible use for everyone.
How are you going to do this?
- In considering these options, we will be seeking community input on how this land should be used.
- We will also be mindful of the impact of any decisions on the primary stakeholders specifically the Mosman Park Golf Club and its members and residents in the immediate vicinity.
- Whichever options are chosen must be environmentally and financially sustainable, ensure responsible water use, respectful of heritage and future-focussed, reflecting community needs as reflected in Council’s strategic objectives and plans.
What is happening now?
The Town will embark on a process to involve the community in deciding how Mosman Park residents and property owners and other interested parties think this land should be used.
What are the possible options?
There is no fixed plan as we want the future of this space to be determined through community engagement and in keeping with local needs and aspirations.
Will other Crown Land, parks, reserves and assets be next?
No. There are no plans or discussions about the reclassification of the land currently purposed as parks, reserves, or for any other open space areas; nor are there plans to examine the future use of land for the Bowling Club, Tennis Club or any other assets.
How will you keep us informed?
We will conduct an extensive community engagement process with those directly affected by the proposed changes, including the golf club, its membership and adjoining properties, with the broader Mosman Park community and other invested parties.
Those interested in finding out more about this process as it goes along are invited to send an email to email@example.com for updates as they emerge.