Lord Mayor of the City of Sydney

November 15, 2005

In 2004, the City of Sydney (which one year earlier had taken over South Sydney City Council) earmarked Redfern Oval, the spiritual home of the Rabbitohs, for re-development. They proposed three options ranging from turning it into open community green space to a full scale NRL Stadium.

South Sydney Leagues Club proposed a fourth option which was funded by private investment rather than being tax-payer funded and was the only option that allowed for parking. The Souths Leagues option was for a 14,000 seat boutique stadium.

On Monday 14 November 2005, the Council's Environment and Heritage Committee voted against the Souths Leagues Club proposal which Council is expected to ratify on November 21. This would effectively end the South Sydney Rabbitohs dream of returning to their Spiritual Home Ground.

We, the undersigned, having due regard to the City of Sydney's development approval process, call on the Lord Mayor and Councillors to reconsider the re-development of Redfern Oval so that it would allow South Sydney to play some home games there.

We would ask them to consider the the facilities that the Souths Leagues Club proposal would provide to the local community, the importance of South Sydney to the local long term residents and the continued use of this venue by the many thousands of Junior Rugby League players in the Souths Sydney District.

We believe that the community of Redfern, the supporters of the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Junior Rugby League players of this district deserve such a venue.

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