Detailed plans for Camperdown Bowlo released

The Development Application for the upgrade of the former Camperdown Bowling Club has been made to Marrickville Council, and residents can view and have their say on the specific plans by 11 August 2015. For full details see the Council page for DA201500378 HERE. Download the plans for the site, which are part of the DA, are extracted here: Architectural Plans – DA201500378 – 31A Mallett Street CAMPERDOWN.

The Camperdown Bowling Club site is located on Mallet and Pidock Streets, next to Camperdown Park. The land is owned by the State Government and is managed by Marrickville Council for the benefit of the community. After the Club went bankrupt in 2013 the Greens on Marrickville Council supported the process to lease the site to a not for profit organisation, so it could be reopened as a family friendly venue with a strong community focus.  After a competitive process, a contract was signed with ‘Camperdown Project Pty Ltd’, a subsidiary of Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL Club Pty Ltd for a ten year lease and $1 million investment in the rejuvenation of the club building and community facilities.

In addition to strong requirements to ensure the venue meets community needs outlined in Council’s “Recreation Needs Study”, Marrickville Council committed that any new venue will be pokie free, with the Greens moving a ban on pokies in this and all other Council managed venues. For more information see: 2013 Media Release “Camperdown Bowlo to become pokie free“.

The DA on exhibition proposes:

  • Internal upgrade works to the old Club building, to include a new food and beverage facility with a mix of indoor and covered alfresco spaces
  • A meeting space for hire by community groups.
  • No expanded height or redevelopment of the building proposed.
  • A casual lawn area/childrens’ playground where young people can play.
  • The majority of the area which was previously dedicated to bowling greens converted to a community farm, to  encourage school and families to learn about sustainability living through an urban farm environment. There is also a chicken run proposed.
  • Potentially, a food stall at the Mallet St entrance.
Former Camperdown Bowling Club Site (highlighted in yellow) in the context of Camperdown Park and adjoining courts

Former Camperdown Bowling Club Site (highlighted in yellow) in the context of Camperdown Park and adjoining courts

The proponents have established an email list and website where residents can receive updates at http://www.camperdownproject.com.au/

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