Father of Oatlands crash victims ‘very disappointed’ by golf club’s hypocrisy
Oatlands Golf Club has been slammed for prioritising property development over a memorial for kids killed in a tragic accident.
The Abdallah and Sakr families want to build a tribute on the site their four children died in February last year, at their own expense, on the outskirts of the Oatlands Golf Club.
The club knocked back two designs based on their size, insisting “the memorial must be of an appropriate scale, such that neighbours and first responders are not reminded of the tragedy on a daily basis.”
The largest space deemed ‘appropriate’ by the club for the families’ memorial is only 3m by 1.5m.
Meanwhile, the Daily Telegraph has revealed the club is seeking approval for a 193-residence apartment development opposite the proposed site, removing the 18th hole and realigning the 12th hole.
Father Danny Abdallah told Ben Fordham he was shocked by the golf club’s proposal, especially after he was told the memorial couldn’t interfere with the course or its surrounds.
“It’s very disappointing, Ben.
“I pleaded [for] a members’ vote for a memorial in honour of my children, and they basically said … ‘we’re not doing that’.
“Now they’re asking the members to vote for 193 apartments!”
Ben was scathing in his assessment of the club’s response to the family: “those who knocked them back … should hang their heads in shame”.
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