Only 45 turn out to help save Scully Park

A SMALL but passionate group of objectors vowed to forge ahead with a campaign to oppose a motel being built on the iconic Scully Park No. 1 at a public meeting last night.

About 45 locals were on hand at the community centre to hear a range of speakers denounce the Wests Entertainment Group’s proposal to erect a $12 million motel and function centre on the historic oval.

The group resolved to circulate a petition across the city and lobby both Wests League Club board members and Tamworth councillors in a bid to stop the development.

Save Our Scully Alliance co-convener Stephen Young said it was the group’s last shot at saving the park.

“We might not be able to stop it, but we have to give it a try,” Mr Young said.

Gary Chillingworth, whose late father Ken was a driving force behind building the park, said its possible demise was an indictment on the whole community.

“If this town continues on this way of not caring about our green spaces, then this town has no soul – it’s not going anywhere,” Mr Chillingworth said.

“And if that’s what life is about, the sooner mine is over, the bloody better.”

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