Reinstate group for lost park bid

Story appeared in: Review | March 12th, 2018

QUESTIONS are being asked about how a park in South Granville along with details of its volunteer management committee, was 'lost' during the council amalgamation process.
Graeme Allen, the president of the committee which managed the Ray Marshall Reserve
for more than 45 years, used the council's public forum on Wednesday to ask for the committee to be reinstated.
He said that they only recently found out "third hand" that they had been sacked when park committees were abolished while the council was under administration and that the council was considering reinstating some.
"We were not formally notified … and somehow our park committee and the whole park was lost in the system and forgotten," he said.
"We don't want to be forgotten, we don't want to be lost and we don't want all our hard work to just be pushed aside."
Mr Allen also asked the council to defer any decisions on the leasing of the park for the 2018 season and beyond, confirming that there aware of two groups vying to use the field.
He said a junior soccer club associated with Granville Rage FC had been using the field for about eight years, while a senior-grade team with FC Gazi who had used the field "temporarily" last year, also wanted to use the ground.
Mayor Greg Cummings confirmed that they still didn't have a complete list of all the assets that were transferred over from the former Woodville Ward of Parramatta City Council.
Acting general manager Hamish McNulty said a council manager was meeting with representatives from the group on Friday to discuss the situation in more detail.

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