Selling Chatswood Golf Club

As hasChatswood Golf Club occurred a number of times since its inception, Chatswood Golf Club is proposing to sell some of its land.

NOTE: This article is being continuously updated as new information comes to hand.

On the 6th June 2016 at 7PM the golf club is seeking their member’s approval to sell a large Chatswood Golf Course Redevelopment Planportion of their land as shown in the accompanying diagram. This land includes their carpark and clubhouse. Members have been told that the Club wants to sell the land to ‘Watermark‘ for the purpose of constructing ‘seniors living apartments‘. It also appears that as part of the development the Club would gain a new clubhouse with underground parking.

There is no information as to the scale and density of the new residential development. This would be subject to a separate development proposal. With the pending dismissal of Willoughby Council, it is unclear as to who would assess such an application.

Details about the proposal can be found at Briefing 6  and Notice of Meeting

The proposed development is likely to pose a number of concerns for nearby residents including: increased traffic in Beaconsfield Rd; overlooking onto residential properties and loss of privacy and other impacts.


In preparation


Lane Cove ‘Rat-Run’

Residents in Dalrymple Avenue are concerned about traffic changes that Lane Cove Council may make. What happens with traffic in Lane Cove impacts Willoughby residents.

“I find it amazing how Lane Cove Council are considering implementing changes that will have more impact on the West Ward residents; streets were built for vehicles and I dont believe traffic restrictions should be implemented just because residents dont like the increased traffic.  The proposed changes at Karilla Avenue Lane Cove will impact on West Ward residents especially since we are still only permitted to turn left at the Beaconsfield road lights”.

Kind regards,

Dalrymple Avenue
Lane Cove North

Some years ago when local Councils had control over traffic, Lane Cove Council implemented traffic changes to benefit their residents. These changes had widespread impact. Such was the impact that the then RTA removed Council’s control over traffic. Since then we have all been at the whim of RTA/RMS decisions.

You can read below the North Shore Times take on this matter.

“A GROUP of residents forced to “bear the brunt” of a daily “stampede” of speeding traffic caused by a twoway rat run has called on Lane Cove Council to act.

The frustrated residents – living on a network of streets being used as a thoroughfare between Centennial Ave and Epping Rd – claim council has neglected their pleas for a number of years now, despite the problem increasing “exponentially” with the suburb’s blossoming development.

The residents said vehicles used Karilla Ave, Parklands Ave and Kurri St to bypass traffic at peak times, creating a convoy of speeding vehicles through the narrow residential streets.

“The residents of Karilla Ave are being unfairly affected by council inaction over several years,” resident Jon Johannsen of Karilla Ave said at a council meeting last week.

“(There’s a) noticeable growth in the glitzier vehicles with augmented muffler systems, loud music and a tendency to use Karilla as a speed test zone.

“This means faster speeds up to 70km/h in some cases occur with single vehicles in either direction and that’s when they’re not travelling in convoy, which we regularly get.”

Karilla Ave resident Ruth Neumann said: “We bear the brunt of the two-way rat run on a daily basis. We experience the growing intensity of the rat run travelling both east and west.

“We are concerned at the increasing volume, speed and safety issues.”

The residents are lobbying the council to amend traffic rules to allow only left-hand turns from Karilla Ave into Centennial Ave and no entry into Karilla Ave from Centennial Ave.

Ms Neumann argued that the council had taken such action on surrounding roads, so Karilla Ave should be included or those streets opened up to distribute the rat run equitably.

After the meeting, Ms Neumann told the North

Shore Times many residents felt frustrated and neglected after campaigning the issue with council for more than four years without results.

“This has been a longstanding issue that the residents’ association has tried to engage with council on,” she said. “It is increasing exponentially. As they open up more and more apartments we seem to be getting more and more vehicles.”

Lane Cove North Residents’ Association president June Hesseran said the problem was making it “very dangerous” for residents to come and go from their driveways.

“These people are only interested in getting from A to B in the fastest possible time and they think it’s their God-given right,” she said.

“I have got to the point now where I try not to leave the area before 9am in the morning. Somebody is going to be badly injured or even killed,” Ms Hesseran said.

A council spokeswoman said the matter would be addressed this week at the Lane Cove North Advisory Committee to discuss the results of a recent traffic consultation. From there, a recommendation would be made to the council’s traffic committee, she said.

The residents of Karilla Ave are being unfairly affected by council inaction Resident Jon Johannsen”.

Metro Southwest EIS Analysis

The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Summary covering the Chatswood area is now available. It raises a number of questions and the opportunity for comments. We are seeking feedback on these issues from West Ward residents.


The new METROs (NORTH & SOUTH WEST) are (for Sydney) a new form of transport. Metros are driverless trains operating every few minutes. Existing TransportNSW rail lines need to be modified to allow Metros to operate. This means that standard rolling stock can longer use these line (including from Chatswood to Epping).

Metro trains will arrive at Chatswood Station from Epping (and beyond) and then continue toward the city via a ‘dive site’ into a tunnel with new stations at Crows Nest, Victoria Cross (North Sydney), Barangaroo, Martin Place, Pitt Street, Central on to the southwest.


The issues are presented in the order of the EIS. The order does not imply relevance or seriousness.


The EIS assumes that the Metro is a fait accompli (and it probably is). However, the opportunity exists to comment generally on this issue.


For many years, Sydney’s transport network consisted predominately of heavy rail trains and buses. Even then, achieving effective interchanges between the two modes was difficult. Now, in addition, we have the Sydney Light Rail and the new Metro network. This increases the complexity of interchanges.

We will advocate that intense consideration be given to minimize time taken at interchanges.


 The EIS proposes development above the new stations. However, Chatswood is not mentioned. Since such development is subject to a separate planning approval process, this does not preclude future over station/line development within West Ward. Apart from over Chatswood Station, there is possibility that the tunnel construction site at the intersection of Pacific Highway and Mowbray Rd could also be slated for development.

 We should formalize our position on development at these two location!!!


The decision of where the new electricity cable to power the Metro should run is separate to issues canvassed in this EIS.


Operational access to the site will be via Nelson St.


The site bounded by Mowbray Road, railway line, Nelson St and the Pacific Highway is being acquired as the western construction site. This is where the tunneling begins.

The Nelson St Bridge is to be removed (and not replaced).

 Why is the bridge being removed? Why cannot the bridge be re-installed?

 Has a traffic study been undertaking on the impact. What was the outcome?


New right-hand turn on Pacific Highway:

The removal of the Nelson St Bridge will result in the need for right turn lanes (south-bound) for traffic needing to get onto Mowbray Rd West. Originally there was talk of two right turn lanes. The EIS mentions just a single lane.

What is our position on this proposal?

Ingress/Egress to the construction site: Access to the site will be from Nelson Street and Mowbray Rd. Egress will be from Mowbray Rd. Spoil haul trucks will need to turn right onto Mowbray Rd then right at the Pacific Highway. So you can envision the chaos with traffic controllers stopping traffic on Mowbray Rd to allow trucks to exit.

 What is the destination for spoil?

 Could an alternate haul rout be considered that does not require trucks to cross Mowbray Rd?

 Mowbray Rd & Pacific Highway

Due to the removal of the Nelson St Bridge, It is proposed to install a right hand turn for Pacific Highway traffic southbound into Mowbray Rd West. Previously the plan was to install two right-turn lanes.

Is this proposal supported?

 Is the preference for one or two right turn lanes?

 Hamden Road & Mowbray Rd.

Proposal for new traffic lights


 Orchard Road & Mowbray Rd.

Proposed change to phasing of lights.

What do the changes entail?


There will be noise barriers along the rail corridor (Why?).

Existing noise barriers will be increased in height to about 4 metres Chapman Avenue/Nelson St, Frank Channon Walk, Nelson/Gordon Sts. A 2 metre barrier will also be built to the south of Mowbray Rd on the western side of the line.

Should noise barriers be installed at other sides of the site such as Nelson St and the Pacific Highway?


Demolition & excavation

Monday to Friday 7AM to 6 PM & Saturday 8AM to 1 PM. All other work 24 hours a day.

Are we OK with proposed hours?

 What type of 24 hr work might pose a nuisance?

 Truck movements

Demolition: 96 per day plus 78 light vehicles

Excavation: 234 per fay plus 248 light vehicles

Tunnel excavation: 286 per day and 248 light vehicles

Tunnel fit out: 254 per day and 248 light vehicles

It is claimed that spoil removal by freight train is not feasible as the T! North Shore line is not currently rated for freight transport.

Consideration should be given to upgrading the T1 line to freight capability.

Please refer elsewhere about our request to alter right turn egress from the site onto Mowbray Rd.

Can we please be provided with some comparative information to allow us to understand the potential impact of these movements?


MetroEISHeritageThe heritage-listed Mowbray House School site is shown (hatched) on the construction site diagram. It is proposedto retain the building. However, archival recording and reporting will be undertaken before works starts

Mowbray House: Direct impact: Minor (physical impact). 􀂃 Potential direct impact: Minor (vibration) – the closest façade of this item would experience vibration above the 7.5mm/s screening level for cosmetic damage. 􀂃 Indirect impact: Minor (views and vistas)

 What steps will be taken to protect the building from potential vibration damage?

 What guarantee is given that, if damaged, the building will be repaired?

 Can a copy of the report on Mowbray House be given to the Willoughby/Lower North Shore Council and the Willoughby District Historical Society?

 It is reported that the heritage sites such as the Great Northern Hotel, the Garden of Remebrance, the Water Tanks, the South Uniting Church the Electricity Sub-station and the house on the eastern side of the line will mainly suffer from visual impacts.


 Frank Channon Walk

It is proposed to extend Frank Channon Walk to Mowbray Road. During construction, there will be short-term (weekend closures).


Trees will be removed within the rail corridor between Nelson St and Mowbray Rd.

Why can’t a 2 for 1 tree replacement process be implemented across all work areas?

 Onsite parking

Provision for 300 cars (but only predicting 248 movements per day).

The estimates for movements appears to be understated and should be reviewed.

 It is reported that contractors MAY CONSIDER ‘park & shuttle’ services to transfer workers to and from the site.

Problems (particularly parking) with site workers occur on every major construction site. Parking arrangements for workers and contractors should be implemented as a Condition of Consent.

 Bus stops

Temporary re-location of the 575 bus stop on Pacific Highway (between Bryson and Mowbray Rds)

 Clarify current and proposed locations.



Issues relating to the temporary closure of the Chatswood to Epping rail line and replacement of train services by buses during the construction period.

Issues relating to potential overcrowding on Chatswood station if the Southwest Metro does not proceed.

Power Transmission cable

Route between Artarmon and Chatswood north

Democracy trashed

The recent review of local government areas involved a Delegate making a report to the Boundaries Commission about various aspects of merged Councils.

The Delegate addressed the issue of a popularly elected Mayor and considered that electing the Mayor from among the Councillors would provide enhanced stability for the first period of the new council.

Over a decade ago, Willoughby residents were part of a poll they voted in favour of directly-elected (popularly-elected) Mayors.Since then Willoughby has had directly-elected Mayors. The majority view has been that popularly-elected Mayors have been well received by Willoughby resident. With a stroke of the pen, the Delegate has overwritten the community view. It is believed that doing away with popularly-elected Mayors is politically motivated. In this Editor’s opinion, based on first hand experience the process of electing a Mayor by their peers is fraught with petty corruption.

In relation to the issue of Wards for the merged Councils, the Delegate found:

that Mosman currently has no ward structure with six councillors and that North Sydney and Willoughby both have four wards with three councillors in each. The Delegate stated that representation should be maximised in the first instance and recommended a ward system dividing the area into five wards, each served by three Councillors. To help ensure suitable representation levels, in drawing ward boundaries the Delegate considered that the following principles should be used as far as possible in addition to the population criterion in the Act:

 new wards should cross existing Council boundaries, and

 to the maximum extent possible, suburbs and centres should not be divided by ward boundaries

To achieve the first criteria, we could be faced with five “ribbon wards’ running from Boundary St to the Pacific Ocean.


Merger – Up in the air

The Baird Government today announced details of a number of Council mergers within NSW. However, due to legal challenges by Mosman and North Sydney Council their proposed merger with Willoughby Council is not proceeding, at this stage.

The Government has indicated ‘in principle’ support for such a merger subject to court challenges being resolved.

Metro EIS

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We are pleased to announce that today the next stage of Sydney Metro City & Southwest is underway with the community asked to provide input to the Chatswood to Sydenham Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

The EIS provides a first look at Sydney Metro’s seven new stations that extend from Chatswood to Waterloo – providing detail on how the new stations will be constructed and how we plan to minimise impacts on the community, businesses and other stakeholders.

As we move forward with the project’s design and development, feedback from the community and stakeholders is critically important in helping us shape the delivery of Stage 2 of Sydney Metro, Australia’s biggest public transport project.

Sydney Metro will provide a fundamental shift in how people will get around the city by taking 30 million cars off the road every year by 2036 and moving more people across the Harbour in the busiest hour of the peak than the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Harbour Tunnel combined. A metro trip from Chatswood to Central will take 15 minutes, about 10 minutes faster than the existing suburban railway system.

During the EIS period we encourage you to review the detailed information available regarding the Chatswood to Sydenham component of the project This information can be found at

The EIS will be on public exhibition until Monday 27 June, 2016 submissions must be made to the NSW Department of Planning and Environment by this date.

During the EIS exhibition period a series of community information sessions will be held between Chatswood and Sydenham. You are invited to attend these sessions and meet expert members of the Project team who will be there to answer any question you may have. There is no need to make a booking.

Details on how to make a submission and information session details can be found in the newsletter attached.

We will be back talking to the community later this year regarding the Sydenham to Bankstown EIS.

This is an exciting new phase of the project and we thank you for your ongoing interest.

Sydney Metro City & Southwest
Transport for NSW

T: 1800 171 386



Vale Judy Navin OAM

Judy NavinFormer Willoughby Councillor for West Ward, Judy Navin OAM has died aged 91.

Judy and her husband Ern ran the news agency on the western side of Chatswood Railway Station for about 20 years and were stalwarts of the West Ward Progress Association. She also served on the Board of the Willoughby Retirement Village.

In the Australia Day Honours List in 2007 Judy was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for service to the community of the City of Willoughby through aged care and service groups and to local government.

Judy served four terms on Willoughby Council between 1978 and 1991.

During her terms on Council Judy and Councillor Greg Bartels would present joint reports on Council matters to the Progress Association. Ern Navin was Secretary of the Association for 20 years.

Judy was involved in a variety of local groups, including Chatswood Red Cross and the Chatswood Liberal Party.

She is survived by Ern, aged 99, daughter Alexia and sons Peter and Christopher, four grand children and four great grandchildren.

Her Funeral Mass will be held at Our Lady of Dolours Catholic Church, Archer Street, Chatswood on Tuesday May 3, 2016 commencing at 10.15am, followed by a cremation in the Palm Chapel at Macquarie Park Cemetery & Crematorium, Delhi & Plassey Roads.

Bob Lawrence & Terry Fogarty