Proposed construction by Luna Park Sydney Pty Ltd of a 'Building Envelope' (72.4 metres wide x 14.4 metres deep x 14 metres high) would 'replace' the entire Lavender Green greenspace on the foreshore at Luna Park that is "an idyllic picnic space right on the edge of Lavender Bay.............. this space is the ideal venue to entertain clients and staff with a casual day outdoors ......... gorgeous and lush picnic space".
Curiously, Place Management NSW's charter includes to "protect and enhance the natural and cultural heritage of the foreshore area".
NSW Planning webpage notes "Lavender Green has been removed from the amusement zone to ensure it stays green."
NSW Planning informs that:
There appears a lot of space for rides in above and below pics.
An existing storage area is immediately around the corner in the background, immediately behind the chap in the above picture.
"Place Management NSW is not limited to exercising its functions in relation to land within the foreshore area and includes the management of the Luna Park Reserve Trust (LPRT)."
Below is an extract from Place Management NSW and Luna Park Reserve Trust Annual Report 2018-19:
Lavender Green is in "an idyllic picnic space right on the edge of Lavender Bay. Featuring a large marquee with immediate access to the wider Luna Park surrounds, this space is the ideal venue to entertain clients and staff with a casual day outdoors."
QUESTION 1: Why would Place Management NSW with a charter that includes to "protect and enhance the natural and cultural heritage of the foreshore area" want to replace the entire Lavender Green with an exceedingly large 'building envelope' (72.4m W x 14.4m D x 14m H) when Luna Park had double the annual patronage 30 years ago. Yet it did not need this huge additional land space.
QUESTION 2: Why does the DA deploy the description 'building envelope'? Why doesn't a Development Application (12 pgs) or the Statement of Environmental Effects (28 pgs) provide a logical description of -
1. the physical size of the structure to occupy the 'building envelope'' absorbing the entire Lavender Green that can be as tall as 14 metres;
2. the materials that it would be constructed with;
3. when the structure would be constructed; and
4. the forecast $ cost of construction?
Does North Sydney Council have a view on this DA? Certainly, North Sydney Councillor, Ian Mutton, does. NSW Planning has recently opined "Lavender Green has been removed from the amusement zone to ensure it stays green."
"Lavender Green is gorgeous and lush picnic space located on the edge of Lavender Bay, at the northern end of Luna Park. Featuring an immaculate lawn area and sweeping views of Sydney Harbour, this informal venue is perfect for barbecues, picnics and social gatherings. The space also includes a large marquee with inbuilt catering facilities, as well as a fully licensed area for up to 1,000 guests."
QUESTION 3: Why would Place Management NSW with a charter to "protect and enhance the natural and cultural heritage of the foreshore area" want to replace Lavender Green's "gorgeous and lush picnic space" with a exceedingly large storage/operational facility, when Luna Park has operated for almost 100 years without one, when Lavender Green is the last remaining green space within cooee?
QUESTION 4: Which entity/company would be paying for the demolition of the existing marquee and construction of the storage/operational envelope?
QUESTION 5: What is the projected cashflow for the project over the initial 10 years, meaning projected additional revenue flows? Because children in the 21st Century have new bells and whistles to occupy their time. Hence, Luna Park is not the attraction depicted in the 1959 movie, "Summer of the Seventeenth Doll" with Ernest Borgnine, Anne Baxter and Angela Lansbury when there was no colour television, internet, mobile phones or social media. As evident in the further below financial accounts, Luna Park is not a huge money spinner.
'This is an expansion': Luna Park plans raise ire of Sydney residents - SMH - 26 April 2020
Luna Park: Lavender Green expansion plans provoke anger, fears - Daily Telegraph - 16 April 2020
Luna Park operator Multiplex in court over ‘blinding lights’ - The Australian
Luna Park scream machine, Hair Raiser, no fun for residents - SMH - Jan 2015
The Rich Neighbours Of Sydney's Amusement Venue Luna Park Are Complaining About It Again - Business Insider - Jan 2015
Comparison of above 2009 Income Statement and the below 2019 Income Statement evidences that 'ten years later', Total Annual Expenses have increased by $241,000 ($2,477,000 less $2,206,000)
Above Income Statement evidences annual revenue down $501,000 in last 12 months ($2,185,000 in 2018, $1,684,000 in 2019)