Goomblar made a development application to Blue Mountains Council to set up a 100% Aboriginal owned, not for profit Aboriginal Culture Centre at Echo Point Plaza. This was to benefit and provide training and employment to the whole Aboriginal community.
Goomblar’s application was refused on the grounds that the only allowable use for the premises was “Retail Sales” and he was not allowed to have any performances or cultural demonstrations. ..
Here is the full BMCC letter telling him that any sort of performance activity was a prohibited use.
It took BMCC 9 months to finally refuse Goomblar’s application.
Within 6 months afterwards, Council approved a 100% NON Aboriginal owned FOR PROFIT Aboriginal Culture Centre in EXACTLY THE SAME SPACE. The approval specifically allowed 56, six man dance performances per week with ticketing…. in the same area that BMCC told Goomblar was “Retail Sales” only!
I tried to get answers from Council but for 2 years there were excuses, delays and the whole thing just seemed to be covered up. They finally reluctantly admitted that they had made a “mistake” in assessing Goomblar’s application.
You can download and read the DA approval for the Aboriginal Cultural Centre after Goomblar was knocked back. Have a look at “Conditions- 4” to see how generous BMCC was to the new applicant.
So, a few months after Goomblar was refused because he was not allowed any sort of cultural shows, a NON ABORIGINAL owned culture centre was putting on 6 man Aboriginal dance performances every trading hour of the week in the same space! Have look at the YouTube video below of the Waradah Aboriginal Culture Centre to see the extent of the performance activity that Goomblar was denied.
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