Balmain Leagues Club Site, Rozelle

The history of redeveloping the Balmain Leagues Club site dates back to 2004.    In 2016, Council won a long battle against the over development of the site in the NSW Land and Environment Court.

Currently there are a number of ongoing matters of interest for the community around the site. These include:

  • DCP amendment
  • Development application updates
  • Voluntary Planning Agreement
  • Western Harbour Tunnel dive site 

DCP amendment


Council adopted the amendments to thesite-specific DCP for the Balmain Leagues Precinct on 25 June 2019.

The amendments to Part D of DCP 2000prepared by Council include:

·      Rearrangementof the built form, building setbacks and access

·      Relocationof the future town square to the centre of the site

·      Updatedcontrols related to environmental and waste management, and design excellence

View the site specific DCP and further information here

Development application updates

The Development Application received by Council in May 2018 was amended in September 2019 in response to the site specific DCP for the Balmain Leagues Precinct. Since this time, Council has undertaken a detailed assessment of the proposal and liaised with internal and external stakeholders which resulted in Council requesting additional information from the applicant.

Further amended plans were submitted in January 2020 with the most recent amended proposal received by Council in July 2020. The assessment has now been completed and the application will be considered by the Sydney Eastern City Planning Panel on 10 September 2020.

View the assessment report and attachments here

Council has compiled Balmain Tigers briefing (PDF 2.9MB)

Further information is available on the Planning panel web page 

Voluntary Planning Agreement (VPA)

A revised VPA will be considered by Council on the 8 September 2020. 

View the report regarding the VPA here  

Western Harbour Tunnel Dive site

Council opposes the use of the Tigers site as a construction ‘dive-site’ for the Western Harbour Tunnel. Council is concerned it would result in significant construction impacts and would unduly delay redevelopment of this site, essentially eliminating the possibility of a Tigers Leagues Club being established in the new development.

Further concerns with the dive site include noise, vibration, dust, road safety and congestion impacts from the significant number of truck movements and 24/7 operations. Residents at the rear of the site on Moodie, Waterloo and Darling Streets are within close proximity, so would be most vulnerable to impacts. So too, would residents and children attending Rozelle Primary School on the opposite side of Victoria Road and businesses adjacent and opposite the site on Victoria Road.

There are also road safety risks for the high number of students and their parents walking, cycling and travelling in cars to access local schools. Conflicts between trucks, cyclists and cars at the intersection of Balmain and Victoria Roads and where trucks cross the footpath at the Victoria Road frontage to the site are a concern.

As are Air quality impacts on school children from the dive-site operations at the Tigers site would be from truck diesel emissions and dust emitted from spoil handling, combined with existing surface traffic emissions from Victoria Road and future emissions from the Victoria Road stack, proposed as part of WestConnex Stage 3B (Rozelle Interchange).

Finally, Council is concerned that traffic congestion caused by construction trucks along Victoria Road near the Tigers site will negatively affect the multiple bus services in operation.

Read Council's Submission to RMS on the Western Harbour Tunnel (WHT) Reference Design 


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Page last updated: 17 May 2021