The Royal Far West (RFW) proposal is for an 8 storey development on Manly’s beachfront. Only 25% of the proposed development will be for the charity’s own use, the remainder being dominated by a 8 storey commercial and residential tower.
The RFW obtained its land through donations from the State Government and private individuals. The RFW has also benefited from 80 years of fundraising and thousands of hours of volunteerism from the people of Manly. Not surprisingly, the people of Manly are dismayed with how the RFW is now treating the community.
Due to home-based internet communication, the RFW traditional model of service delivery to country children has changed dramatically in recent years, Therefore there are far fewer children staying at the Manly site for extended periods of time. The RFW has not been forthcoming on its plans for service delivery in the future, and whilst there is talk of a so called 'Centre of Excellence', there has been no clear explanation of exactly what that would entail.
Having now obtained approval to redevelop its site, the RWF is asking for community feedback on the proposed development. The attached document was prepared by the Save Manly Village group and sets out some of the issues.
Candy Bingham, Deputy Mayor & Manly Ward Councillor on Northern Beaches Council. Background in marketing, public relations and community engagement. Author of five business books. Former Lady Mayoress of Sydney. Aka Candy Tymson.