It’s Over: Furious Mosman Club Board come out swinging and deliver killer blow to Woolworths after images published.
By ANNA USHER.
Concept plans to replace Mosman’s existing RSL Club with a Woolworths supermarket, street level plaza and apartments have been shot down by Club Chief Executive Officer, Gerard Boyle.
In a statement released to members this afternoon, Mr. Boyle said the Club will not enter into any discussion with the supermarket giant, and that without Mosman RSL’s support, the proposed development is “dead and buried”.
A sign now sits in the club’s reception area with a clear message to members: “The club’s property is NOT for sale!”
The Mosman Daily last night released first pictures of Woolworths proposed plans for Military Rd, with an artists impression showing a relocated Mosman Club, overlooked by a multi level apartment building, small shops and alfresco dining.
A furious Mr. Boyle said the images came as a complete surprise and had not been sighted by “anyone involved in the Mosman Club”.
“We have been on record many times stating that until we receive an offer from Woolworths, or are invited to discuss plans, we will maintain our position of being an interested neighbour,” he said.
“It was impossible for us to comment or form an official position about something that had not been proposed to us.”
“Now that we have seen these concept plans for the first time, we agree there is zero appetite within the Board and management to explore a development such as this.”
Mosman Club Director and local Councillor Roy Bendall described the published concept plans as an “ambush” that has further angered many Mosman Club members, who remain strongly opposed to a Woolworths in the suburb.
“Now that the club has seen Woolworths plans,” he said, “I can assure members and residents that I will lead the charge against this over-development.”
“They (Woolworths) should re-evaluate. We understand they are our neighbours but this sort of proposal will not fly with us.”
“Without the Mosman Club’s support,” Mr. Boyle added, “the development is dead and buried.”
“We have stopped the Woolworths development. We thank our members who always support us, and the new ones joining to support us, and we hope that support continues.”