Break up within the Shire over proposal to revitalise ‘struggling’ Cronulla city centre


The $40 million constructing plan has been marred with controversy, sparking an internet stoush between Cr Pesce and David Lambert, who created a Fb web page referred to as Save Monro Park, which was later taken down.

Allen, Julian and John Sammut are behind a proposed development adjacent to Monro Park in Cronulla.

Allen, Julian and John Sammut are behind a proposed improvement adjoining to Monro Park in Cronulla.Credit score:Dominic Lorrimer

Screenshots supplied to The Solar-Herald revealed a full of life dialogue about improvement within the Sutherland Shire in addition to a suggestion from Mr Lambert that Cr Pesce had employed a personal investigator to trace him down.

Cr Pesce stated he had not employed a personal investigator, however had posted a photograph, obtained from Fb, “to point out that I knew who Mr Lambert is”.

“He additionally shared a photograph of my pretty spouse and I, and I assume he obtained that picture in the identical means,” Cr Pesce stated.

Mr Lambert, lives on the Central Coast, not Cronulla, and owns a lot of cafes, instructed he would search election to council and advised Cr Pesce he can be fortunate to “keep on because the gardener”.

“There have been many posts which were a private assault on me, different councillors and council and many deceptive and false data posted,” Cr Pesce stated. “These should not the actions of residents who’re involved about native amenity and the general public areas.”

The developer scrapped its authentic proposal for the location, which sought a doubling of constructing heights to 50 metres and permission to construct a lodge, provoked an online petition that gathered greater than 1600 signatures.

Kerry Coomes, president of the North Cronulla Precinct, stated the event would negatively influence the conflict memorial in Monro Park.

“To overshadow a conflict memorial is seen as very disrespectful to those that fought for our nation, lots of whom have made the last word sacrifice,” she advised a council assembly earlier this 12 months.

Different issues raised by Ms Coomes embody a scarcity of parking, improve within the floor-space ratio and its influence on the world. “A pub on this place will solely trigger additional social issues when it closes at night time for residents with patrons gathering within the park and on the station,” she stated.

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Mr Sammut stated the undertaking remained possible regardless of important modifications that resulted within the scrapping of plans for a lodge and a halving of the constructing’s top.

“Cronulla’s daytime financial system is struggling, with a lot of vacant retail retailers within the mall,” he stated.

:Redevelopment of the location will present alternatives for floor flooring activation and passive surveillance, throughout each weekdays and weekends, which in flip will enhance security and safety for this portion of the centre.”

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