By Mick Roberts
26 July 2017 - The Torch
LARGE areas of the Belmore Sportsground precinct could become better accessible to the public as part of the NSW Government's Urban Renewal Corridor Strategy.
The strategy aims to provide 35,000 new homes along the proposed 13.5km Sydney South West Metro between Bankstown and Sydenham, due to be completed by 2036.
The Department of Planning is looking at removing outer fencing to Belmore Sportsground to cater for the increased housing density. Perimeter fencing, currently preventing access to Peter Moore Fields and Terry Lamb Reserve, would come down to allow open space for residents of surrounding eight storey residential apartments. A linear park along the railway, by creating a street and retail strip connecting to the railway station, has also been proposed.
Former Canterbury deputy mayor and strategy critic, Barbara Coorey said removing fencing to create a park for residential apartments, would meet with stiff opposition.
"The oval belongs to the residents and ratepayers. Any back room deals with developers and government alike will be strongly resisted," she said.
The Torch contacted both the Bulldogs and Back to Belmore group for comment.
"The Bulldogs have had preliminary conversations with local Government about potential changes to the facilities at Belmore," a Bulldogs' spokesman said.
The football club would not comment further.
A spokesperson for Back to Belmore, a group lobbying for a multicultural arts precinct in the area, says it is eager to see more detail before commenting further.
Meanwhile, the Sydenham to Bankstown Alliance will host a public meeting to discuss concerns with the strategy on August 20 at 3pm at the Orion Centre, Campsie.