Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Fairfield. $3 million withdrawn

The Mounties Group, operator of the Mounties club, one of the state's biggest clubs has withdrawn about $3 million it promised to build a youth centre after Fairfield City Council opposed its bid to bring 60 more poker machines to Sydney's most disadvantaged area. The group told the council it was withdrawing from an agreement it signed last year to help fund the $7.5 million centre because the council opposed its application to transfer gaming machines from two satellite clubs along the northern beaches to its Mount Pritchard base.


Wilton. Second airport investigation

The federal government is to investigate Wilton as a site for a second Sydney airport despite the NSW government's opposition to the project. Federal Transport Minister Anthony Albanese said the government would initiate a "detailed investigation into the suitability of Wilton". It will involve preliminary economic, social and environmental studies into the site on Sydney's south-western fringe.


Parramatta. Auction of historic building

The former Commonwealth Bank building, at 215-217 Church Street, in the Parramatta CBD is to be auctioned on May 31. The two-storey building of 1377 square metres will be offered with vacant possession. The property was initially the site of St Andrews Presbyterian Church until 1925 when it was sold to the bank and relocated to Wentworthville. Over the years the building served as a bank, used as a pancakes outlet and a record store. A DA was approved, in 2008, for a hotel on the site, which is currently used as a fashion shop.