Not possible

By JADE BILOWOL

"IT'S simply not possible." This is the Gold Coast City Council's response to residents' pleas for a third option for the future of the disused Palm Beach Currumbin RSL Bowls Club site on the northside of the Currumbin Creek river mouth.

The Currumbin-Palm Beach RSL has put two options to the people - public parklands funded and owned by council with the RSL leasing back an on-site kiosk facility.

Or a site vacant until the RSL's lease on the prime 1.36-hectare with the Queensland Government's Department of Natural Resources expires in 2013.

In a press release issued by council on Monday, council's Community Services director Colette McCool said council did not have the power to offer a third option because the proposal belonged to the Currumbin-Palm Beach RSL.

The release read, "In last Friday's edition (GCM, February 4) of the Gold Coast Mail demands were made for Council to offer residents more than the two options that were on the table".

"However, Ms McCool said Council had no capacity to meet those demands." Ms McCool said the club had put the proposal to council that, in turn, placed it before the community.

"We are being asked to make alterations to a proposal that does not belong to us," Ms McCool said. "It's simply not possible.

"It is not our proposal. It belongs to the RSL, just as the existing lease belongs to the RSL." Ms McCool said extensive community consultation on the future of the site would continue until March 14.

Council revealed consultation had included one-to-one discussions with 45 organisations and individuals who had a history with the site, four days of on-site consultations, a letter drop to 7300 residents and online information and feedback through council's website.

"We are asking the community to say if they want council to accept or reject the RSL proposal," Ms McCool said.

"Acceptance means Palm Beach will have a foreshore parkland that will be a valuable public amenity. Rejection means we lose this opportunity, at least until the lease expires in 2013 and if the Department of Natural Resources decides at that time it has priorities, then possibly for all time."

o?THE Palm Beach parkland from Thrower Drive to Tarrabora Environment park to the beach will in no way be affected should the City Council take up the Currumbin RSL's offer to take over the club's lease of the Palm Beach Currumbin Bowls Club, Cr Daphne McDonald said.

"Once and for all I want to lay that concern to rest. The issue here is about the bowls clubhouse, its parking lots and the club land, nothing more."



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