Waverley Council asks Minister to correct potential errors in stadium consent

9.51am, 30 January 2018

UPDATE: Randwick Council is joining Waverley and City of Sydney Council in calling on the State Government to immediately suspend all demolition work on the Sydney Football Stadium.

See Randwick Council's media release here: https://www.randwick.nsw.gov.au/about-council/news/news-items/2019/january/randwick-council-joins-eleventh-hour-attempt-to-save-sydney-football-stadium2

30 January 2019

Waverley Council asks Minister to correct potential errors in stadium consent

Waverley Mayor, John Wakefield, last week wrote to the Minister for Planning, Anthony Roberts, asking that the demolition of the stadium does not proceed until the Minister has been able to correct any errors made in the issuing of the consent to date.

As per Council’s resolution of 7 January, 2019, if a satisfactory response has not been received from the Minister as soon as possible, Council will initiate legal proceedings in the Land & Environment Court, with the commencement of such proceedings being conditional upon at least one further Council resolving to join as a co-applicant in any such legal proceedings.

Waverley Mayor, John Wakefield, said that in raising this issue, Waverley Council considers that the community would expect that a project of such significance as the Sydney Football Stadium would fully comply with the legislative requirements and processes.

“The legal advice we are in receipt of casts doubt of this having occurred,” Mayor Wakefield said.

“We believe that this potential non-compliance is egregious, with adverse impact on Waverley's residents and businesses.

“I have asked the Minister for a response as soon as possible."

Council’s resolution was the subject of a rescission motion which was dismissed by Council at the extraordinary meeting of the Council held on Monday night.

Waverley Council is designated by the Department of Planning and Infrastructure NSW as a significant stakeholder in the Sydney Football Stadium development proposal.

What our community needs to know:

  • Council has resolved not to proceed with legal action without one further Council resolving to join as a co-applicant.
  • Council commissioned its own separate independent legal advice regarding the development consent.

For the agenda and minute extract of the 11 January 2019 meeting, visit