By Nathan Klein
19 February 2008 - Canterbury-Bankstown Express
BELMORE Sports Ground will continue to be a centre of sporting excellence, despite the Bulldogs failing to show interest in their traditional home ground, according to Canterbury mayor Robert Furolo.
"The Bulldogs have a proud and long history in the City of Canterbury and no one wants to see them leave Belmore," Cr Furolo said.
"Our love for the game and the Doggies will not diminish because the Bulldogs have chosen not to have Belmore as their home where they train and play - but I think our community is poorer for that.
"Whilst the Bulldogs decision is disappointing, its time for us to turn the stadium and the grounds into something that would benefit the whole community."
Cr Furolo said the council is examining options to use the space as a sporting and recreational facility that appeals to all residents.
The planning required for such a project is substantial and will involve considerable community consultation, Cr Furolo said. Back to Belmore president Luke Brailey said he had not given up hope of restoring Belmore Sports Ground and "bringing the Dogs home".
"Moving away from Belmore Sports Ground is not in the best interests of the community," he said.
"We do need a sporting facility to meet the needs of the community, but not if it means replacing the Sports Ground."
Mr Brailey said the new board will be able to implement this change and is hoping that they realise the importance of this issue as soon as possible.