Last night’s Extraordinary General Meeting was held to discuss whether the Norman Griffiths Oval project should be delayed to allow for further community consultation on the Review of Environmental Factors (REF).
“We are delighted to report a positive outcome from the meeting last night” confirmed Kevin Johnson, NSFA CEO.
A motion was put forward by Councillor Alec Taylor to proceed with the project as scheduled to require further consultation on the project including the design with community groups and National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) though this motion was not voted on. It was superseded by an amendment motion brought by Councillors Christine Kay and Greg Taylor to put the project on hold whilst further consultation with NPWS occurred; this motion was defeated 7-2.
A further amendment motion to continue with construction of the synthetic pitch as scheduled was proposed by Mayor Jeff Pettett and became the motion which was passed 6-3. We sincerely thank the 6 Councillors who voted for the motion:
Mayor Jeff Pettett
Deputy Mayor Barbara Ward
Councillor Kim Wheatley
Councillor Martin Smith
Councillor Sam Ngai
Councillor Simon Lennon
Kevin thanked the Councillors saying, “we appreciate the Councillors that supported this motion and who last night and in previous Council meetings have supported a much-needed facility upgrade at Norman Griffiths Oval.”
“Thank you to NSFA Clubs and members who supported this project. Further thanks to West Pymble Football Club and its members for driving a project that all members of the NSFA will be able to enjoy.”
“The construction will enable more community members to enjoy football and other recreation activities more often” he confirmed.
Construction of the new pitch is due to be completed by mid-November 2023.
Minutes of the EGM can be accessed here