Golfers fight to save Rosehill

Golfers protest against plans to rezone and sell Rosehill Golf Course.
Golfers protest against plans to rezone and sell Rosehill Golf Course.

‘We have set up a Facebook page, will collect signatures for a paper petition, as well as gather an online petition against the proposal,’ said Dianne Arvino, secretary of Save our Golf Courses campaign.

She said the more than 3000 golfers who regularly play at the course would be displaced if it was closed.

Her inquiries showed the two closest golf courses ” in Embleton and Wattle Grove ” could not absorb those additional numbers.

‘Many older players will cease to play the sport altogether,’ Mrs Arvino said.

‘While we feel it is yet another injustice to the eastern suburbs, we are asking for the protection of recreational areas such as golf courses, so current and future generations can enjoy them,’ she said.

A decision by the WA Planning Commission on the rezoning was deferred in November when the government body sought further information regarding its planning merits.

On February 25 the WAPC initiated the amendment for the rezoning approval, which is about a 12-month process.

The 60 days for lodging public comments about the process started on February 25.

The Environment Protection Agency would also comment on the rezoning on the privately owned course.

The residents and golfers also plan to petition the City of Swan with their thoughts.

City of Swan chief executive officer Mike Foley said that the City was yet to receive any formal correspondence from the WA Planning Commission regarding the Metropolitan Region Scheme amendment.

He said it was important to note the golf course was a commercial operation on privately owned land.

The decision to cease operating any privately owned commercial venture is a decision made by the owners or managers of the venture and not by the City of Swan.

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