https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw...-site-for-harbour-tunnel-20180301-p4z29l.html So Darcy the merkin, who never had any Intention of helping the Tigers, Is now getting shit on from a great height. Great to see. Shame that It probably screws us too. The state government has signalled plans to compulsorily acquire the site of the old Balmain Leagues Club in inner Sydney as an entrance way for a tunnel needed to remove thousands of tonnes of spoil each day during construction of the proposed Western Harbour Tunnel. A compulsory purchase of the notorious eyesore on one of Sydney's busiest roads will shelve new plans for the Balmain Tigers to return to their traditional home, and expose the state to a hefty payment for a property slated for a $160 million redevelopment. The old Balmain Leagues Club at Rozelle has been earmarked as an extraction point for spoil from the proposed Western Harbour Tunnel. The old Balmain Leagues Club at Rozelle has been earmarked as an extraction point for spoil from the proposed Western Harbour Tunnel. Photo: Nick Moir Roads and Maritime Services notified the Inner West Council that it is likely that the Rozelle property, which is about to be taken over by a new owner, will be acquired for a "dive site" for the planned toll road tunnel under the harbour between Rozelle and the north shore. Inner West Council's Labor mayor, Darcy Byrne, said a compulsory acquisition would have "disastrous consequences" for the Balmain Tigers, the Rozelle community and taxpayers. "If the government snatches the property and uses it as a 'dive site' for tunnelling, this development will never proceed and the Tigers will never return," he said. Advertisement Mr Byrne, who is opposed to the new road tunnel and the WestConnex motorway, said it would lead to a surge in trucks on Victoria Road and local streets as they carried away millions of cubic tonnes of spoil excavated during the tunnelling project. "It is going to be like building a mine in the middle of a densely populated inner-city suburb," he said. Heworth Group has bought the site from Rozelle Village, which was at the centre of a long-running dispute about the scale of development at the prime inner-city property. The large site on Victoria Road has been in disrepair for years. The large site on Victoria Road has been in disrepair for years. Heworth will take ownership of the site on March 20, and has proposed building three 12-storey residential towers, a supermarket and commercial offices on the site. Under its proposal, the Balmain Leagues Club would return to its original home, which it was forced out of in 2009 amid plans by the then Labor government to build a metro station. Balmain Leagues Club chairman Leslie Glen said the board had been in talks with the new owners of the site and it would be a "terrible frustration if our return was further delayed". "We want to go back. It has certainly taken the wind out of our sails because the board was really starting to build up some optimism that we would get our club back to Rozelle," he said. The compulsory purchase will shelve new plans for the Balmain Tigers to return to their traditional home. The compulsory purchase will shelve new plans for the Balmain Tigers to return to their traditional home. Roads and Maritime officials have sought a meeting next week with executives from Heworth and the present owner of the site, Ian Wright from Rozelle Village. "We will go and listen," Heworth managing director Brian Hood said. "Our current view is that we will be proceeding [with his company's plans for the site]." Roads and Maritime declined to answer questions about the potential aquisition, referring the Herald to the office of Roads Minister Melinda Pavey. In a statement, Mrs Pavey took a swipe at Mr Byrne for choosing to "politicise this" but did not provide any further information on the government's plans for the site other than to say that it would "consult with the community and will have more to say in the near future". The Western Harbour Tunnel is part of a 14-kilometre toll road planned to run from an underground spaghetti junction for WestConnex at Rozelle to Balgowlah in the city's north. Peter Hehir, a Rozelle resident and convener of a group opposed to WestConnex, said a dive site at the old Balmain Leagues Club would create traffic chaos on Victoria Road. "You couldn't possibly consider a worse area in which to be feeding B-doubles onto a major thoroughfare," he said. The proposed sites in Rozelle for ventilation stacks for WestConnex and the new harbour tunnel have also angered residents. A 20-metre high stack is proposed for the centre of Victoria Road near Rozelle Public School, while three 35-metre high stacks will be built at the old Rozelle rail yards. The Herald has revealed that the cost of the Western Harbour Tunnel and Beaches Link project is estimated in leaked cabinet documents at $14 billion and will be partly funded from motorists paying tolls on northbound journeys of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the existing Harbour Tunnel.