Fred Nile calls for ICAC scrutiny into King Edward Park redevelopment

A Media release form the ABC

Fred Nile wants the ICAC to look into the King Edward Park redevelopment (ABC News: Dan Cox)

The head of a parliamentary planning inquiry wants the corruption watchdog to look into why the old Newcastle bowling club site redevelopment was ever approved.

Earlier this week, the Land and Environment Court ruled council’s approval of a function centre on the King Edward Park site was invalid.

It said it was not in keeping with the reserve’s stated purpose of public recreation.

Christian Democrats leader Fred Nile headed up a planning inquiry into the project, along with others in Newcastle.

He said the ICAC should have a look at it.

“Yes, I think it’s an issue that should be followed up as to how it was approved in the first place,” he said.

“Such a large development on King Edward headland reserve.

“I believe there are sufficient grounds to investigate the matter.”

Reverend Nile said there are sufficient grounds for the ICAC to investigate.

“Because there were changes,” he said.

“Because the Council originally rejected the proposal to rezone the land so why did they change that decision.

“I think when we have those beautiful sites such as the King Edward Park we need to protect them.”

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