PM speaks out on NSW Golf Club unit plans | Manning River Hours

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The Prime Minister has again weighed in on the development of apartments on a golf course in Sydney, where four children were killed by a drugged speed driver last year. Scott Morrison said he was “very distressed” by the news that the Oatlands Golf Club wanted to develop 193 apartments on land where he had previously refused to erect a children’s memorial, despite his intervention. Three members of the Abdallah family – Sienna, eight, Angelina, 12, and Antony, 13 – died alongside their cousin Veronique Sakr, 11, on February 1 last year after being struck by a uterus as they walked the trail adjacent to the club to get ice cream. Mr Morrison wrote to the club in July, after its chief executive confirmed that the board was no longer negotiating with the families of the children killed after they deemed the commemorative designs inappropriate. His letter said he hoped “to encourage the club to reflect on its responsibilities as a community group.” On Monday, after news of the apartment development project broke, Mr Morrison said the families of the victims had shown a humiliating level of grace and forgiveness. “Their simple, honest and humble request to be able to commemorate their children who have been taken from them is entirely reasonable,” said Mr. Morrison. He consulted with the Premier of New South Wales, Dominic Perrottet, on this matter. “We texted this morning and I know he’s working with them to hopefully achieve something positive here,” Mr. Morrison said. NSW Opposition Leader Chris Minns also addressed the issue on Monday afternoon, urging the club to “show compassion” for the family who had acted with grace and determination in remembering their loved ones. “Some things are more important than money and money is one of them,” Minns said. “I hope common sense prevails and the golf course changes course.” The driver who killed the children was sentenced to at least 21 years in prison after pleading guilty to four counts of manslaughter, among other counts. An appeal for this sentence is expected to be heard next year. The Oatlands Golf Club has been contacted regarding the memorial and development proposal, but previously declined to comment. Associated Australian Press


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