I write in response to the article in Wednesday’s Goulburn Post as there are a few inaccuracies that Mr Robertson has claimed that I would like to address.
The General Manager of Benalla Auto club, has been involved in each of the meetings convened with Planning NSW, Regional NSW, Sport NSW. These meetings were arranged at my request – immediately after the court decision before the park’s closure and before any petition or media coverage – to consider all viable options for the facility.
My office has no record of Bruce Robertson requesting a meeting with me and, in fact, it was Goulburn Mulwaree Council who requested meetings with relevant meetings – that which have been fulfilled by the Minister for Sport.
When Parliament sat last, I informed the house of the issues with Wakefield Park. You can read the full speech here:
I welcome the support shown for the facility in the petition to NSW Parliament from NSW residents who also seek a solution for the facility. I stand in support of the Government’s commitment to working with the court’s decision, while considering the expectations of all stakeholders.
Furthermore, I have also already met personally with Benalla’s General Manager, and the NSW Government has been engaged directly with the appropriate organisation representatives for some time.
It is clear to me that not every club member knows the intricacies in operations of the organisation.
Benalla have advised me that they have a pathway forward and I await an official statement from the Club.