Last chance to have your say on former Tigers club development

Architect drawing of Rozelle Towers current DADear Resident,

Submissions on the development application close 5pm Friday 4 December 2015 so please make sure you have your say.

The developer is back with a new proposal for two towers of eight and twelve storeys, 135 apartments, 369 car spaces, large retail area, a proposed pedestrian bridge over Victoria Road. There is also space for the leagues club, but at market rent!

It is yet another over-development of the site that will lead to traffic gridlock, ruin our high street retail and monster the surrounding residents. 

The developer has already taken the application to the Land and Environment Court where it will be determined early next year. 

Your submission to Leichhardt Council is important. It will demonstrate to the Court the strong feeling that exists in the community about this excessive development.

All submissions will be delivered to Council before the deadline. You can find more information on Council's website

I have been working for close to 10 years to ensure that we have appropriate and sustainable development on this site, and I thank all of you who have worked so hard to protect what is special about our community. 

Yours sincerely,





Jamie Parker MP
Member for Balmain

Manager of Assessments
Leichhardt Council
PO Box 45
Leichhardt NSW 2040

Submission: D/2015/438 138-152 Victoria Road ROZELLE

I write to outline my strong opposition to the latest proposal for the redevelopment of the former Balmain Leagues Club site.

There remains an opportunity to clean up the current eye sore, and have a reasonable development of the site but the current proposal cannot be supported for the following reasons:

  • The eight and twelve storey towers are completely out of proportion with the surrounding pattern of development in Rozelle.
  • Surrounding residences and businesses will have unacceptable impacts from overshadowing and overlooking.
  • The enormous scale of the retail component (including supermarket) and 135 apartments will generate traffic volumes that will overwhelm local streets and threaten our main street businesses.
  • There is no guarantee that Balmain Leagues Club will return to the site.
  • There is no guarantee the pedestrian bridge will be constructed.

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  • Anna Germain
    signed 2015-12-03 21:30:35 +1100
    We are struggling with traffic volumes on a normal day – add the markets, a sporting event or a car break-down and Victoria Rd is like a car-park.

    The local school does not need anymore traffic noise and pollution.

    The whole development is so out of scope with the surrounding area.
  • Katherine Giovanelli
    signed via 2015-12-03 18:48:08 +1100
    Its big and ugly.
  • Simon Tormey
    signed 2015-12-03 18:24:49 +1100
    *too high

    *too dense

    • we are not part of a “corridor” linking Parramatta to the CBD – but a close knit community, much loved by one and all – don’t ruin it.

    • our democratically elected representatives have deemed that this inappropriate – unelected bureaucrats and developers take note.

      *have you seen the traffic on Victoria Road? I thought not.

  • Alice Bradbury
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-12-03 18:21:26 +1100
    Sign the petition: Rozelle Submission
  • Claire Dunne
    signed 2015-12-03 16:53:04 +1100
  • Eva Kornits
    signed 2015-12-03 15:13:16 +1100
  • Aimee Wells
    signed 2015-12-03 12:47:19 +1100
  • Jenny Cleary
    signed 2015-12-03 12:34:07 +1100
  • Claire Goldsmith
    signed 2015-12-03 12:20:29 +1100
    The Tigers site is an eyesore and the delays are not doing the nearby businesses any favours, however this is not a green light to allow development at any cost. Our beautiful, vibrant and pedestrian friendly village in Rozelle needs to be retained.
  • Cheryl Wynyard
    signed 2015-12-03 11:45:15 +1100
    Hi Jamie:

    I agree to all that has been indicated in “I want my voice to count on development of former Tigers Club.” I am most concerned about our lovely community – with Rozelle Markets changing Management, Callan Park, once again, fighting against “other” uses other than for the purposes to assist Australian Citizens, Forced amalgamations, White Bay proposals etc. etc. – and short notification on development thus preventing submissions “for or against” by residents and the community. This is all on top of the West Connex. To manage these submissions is very time consuming.

    To me it appears that governments are trying to dismantle communities and small business to a point where they don’t exist anymore. Is there an affordable housing component in the new plans? If I can remember correctly, years ago, this was part of new developments! The constant consultancies, changing directions, forcing those in the community to move after generations of hard work to maintain a vibrant community who cares for the people and not just a piece of real estate (whether they live there or not). With all these constant changes within communities – it is a complete wonder how anything is functional and vibrant. Why can’t the old Tigers Club be revamped to provide a Club (permanently and well managed) and to provide residents with for example, not only affordable housing (funded by Family & Community Services (HNSW), and for 1st home buyers (without the huge deposits required) as most young people in the area are paying excessive rents which prohibit the accumulation of savings. By the way, residents of City West have informed that they no longer will be housing people of “Low Incomes”. So much for forward thinking. I could go on and on, but as I work, time is of the essence. Oh, they should not be towers – the historical and cultural aspects of Rozelle and Balmain etc. would be lost in grotesque, cold and impersonal high rises.
  • Geoffrey Barnes
    signed 2015-12-03 11:30:23 +1100
    I strongly object to this over-development
  • Stephen Middis
    signed 2015-12-03 10:04:47 +1100
  • Sewmay Lee
    signed 2015-12-03 09:40:31 +1100
  • Suzanne Brown
    signed 2015-12-03 09:32:56 +1100
    I am all for some development and would love to see the Tigers Club back where it belongs, but a project of this scale will destroy the family village nature of Rozelle, the reason we live here. We love our local shops and sadly there are already too many empty shops, we need to encourage small business back to maintain the village we cherish. Traffic in side streets will put awful pressure on areas where many families with young children live making them more dangerous and disruptive. Traffic on Victoria Rd is already a nightmare and certainly doesn’t need adding to.
  • James Wilson
    signed 2015-12-03 09:16:13 +1100
  • Emily McGrath
    signed 2015-12-03 09:01:56 +1100
    If there is a large full line supermarket incorporated into this development it will destroy the businesses in Rozelle. People move to this area because of the bright and vibrant darling street and the Community feel.

    The scale of this is completely out of character for the area and will have significant traffic implications on an already disastrous commuter corridor.
  • Elke Tunold
    signed 2015-12-03 08:18:36 +1100
  • Rachel De Weever
    signed 2015-12-03 06:00:45 +1100
    It’s just too big.
  • Mary Wark
    signed 2015-12-02 23:52:11 +1100
    Traffic will clearly be a nightmare. Why on earth should the extended community suffer so that developers can maximise their commercial return? Are 8-12 story towers acceptable up and down the whole length of Victoria Road? No! So why is this site so special? The commercial risks taken by organisations past and present shouldn’t be any justification for this overdevelopment.
  • Carolyn Loton
    signed 2015-12-02 22:30:46 +1100
    I am very concerned about the impact this proposed development would have on traffic in the area and on the local retailers, who form a very important part of the local community and contribute to the strong feelings of harmony and connectedness in the area – something that makes Rozelle unique.
  • Malcolm Wilson
    signed 2015-12-02 22:29:49 +1100
  • Carole Jones
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-12-02 22:14:09 +1100
    Sign the petition: Rozelle Submission
  • Carole Jones
    signed 2015-12-02 22:12:57 +1100
    This development will ruin the unique village-like character of our suburb.
  • Lester Jones
    signed 2015-12-02 22:07:19 +1100
    Any development should be limited to a maximum of eight floors.
  • Sarah Adam
    signed 2015-12-02 21:58:14 +1100
  • Jo-Ann Hill
    signed 2015-12-02 21:58:00 +1100
  • Catherine Rowe
    signed 2015-12-02 21:36:13 +1100
  • Bronwyn Tuffy
    signed 2015-12-02 20:48:55 +1100
  • Neil Radford
    signed 2015-12-02 20:38:18 +1100
  • Wesley Rodwell
    signed 2015-12-02 20:24:39 +1100
    Too high. Look around, how many other tower blocks can you see of a similar size in Rozelle/Balmain