It is disappointing to see the Albert-Eden Board fast-track the redevelopment of Chamberlain Park Golf Course.
Not only does it not have costings (in spite of already having paid consultants on the job for a number of months), it has no public mandate for driving this change.
Yet by pressing the go button the board chairman Peter Haynes has committed ratepayers to tens of thousands of dollars in costs as plans etc are developed – a process which will please the many consultants who feed off such activities.
Then if they manage to take this to the next stage, the cost to rate payers will be in the multi millions of dollars – an aquatic centre, a driving range, road ways, car parking (replacing green spaces), sports fields along with explosives to level the basalt rock below; the list goes on and the costs will just grow.
The irony is that right next door to Chamberlain Park is an aquatic centre, extensive sports fields, parks, walkways, bikeways, museums and a zoo.
By messing with what is there the board also risks losing patronage – currently it is estimated that the golf course generates $1m in revenue a year.