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To the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory

This petition of certain residents of the Australian Capital Territory draws to the attention of the Assembly that:

The Murrumbidgee Country Club (MCC) is a not-for-profit incorporated association. It has submitted an application to vary the Territory Plan to rezone three sites on the overall golf course land for low-medium density residential use. The sites are currently zoned PRZ2 – Restricted Access Recreation Zone and are surplus to the club’s needs. The course is unfenced and the community is able to access surrounding trails and paths for recreation purposes.

MCC is Tuggeranong’s only golf course. In 2018, club membership is 1010, including 896 playing members. MCC endeavours to provide options to ensure membership accessibility to a broad range of ages and incomes. Fees are well below those of Royal Canberra and Federal, the only golf clubs in reasonable proximity to the Tuggeranong Valley. The course and club facilities are regularly used by social golfers and members of the local community.

MCC has struggled financially for many years in spite of implementing initiatives to reduce costs, increase revenue and limiting investment expenditure to replacement of aging infrastructure and equipment. The ACT Government’s temporary measure to rebate water extraction fees to golf courses is due to lapse over the next couple of years, resulting in further costs to the club of around $60,000 per annum. With limited opportunity to further reduce costs, it is imperative that MCC looks for ways to generate ongoing revenue streams in order to remain financially viable.

MCC strongly refutes any claim that rezoning will not be of social or economic benefit to the community. The rezoning of the three sites for residential use is part of a strategy to progressively upgrade facilities to the benefit of not only members but also the broader community and secure a sustainable financial future for the Club. Parklands and walking trails will be maintained, permanent access to the rear of Urambi Village will be provided and height restrictions on dwellings will be imposed. Any development will meet MCC’s objectives of respecting and protecting the residential and lifestyle amenity of the local precinct and facilities afforded to club members.

Your petitioners therefore request the Assembly to support the application of the Murrumbidgee Country Club to vary the Territory Plan to rezone three sites on part Block 16, Section 7, Kambah for low-medium density residential use and in so doing, support the continued enjoyment and benefits to the Canberra community provided by the golf club and course.



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