Wests Leagues Club's desire to build hotel in Leumeah

Let's build: Wests Leagues Club chief executive Tony Mathew wants to build a hotel on top of the Leumeah club. Picture: Simon Bennett
Let's build: Wests Leagues Club chief executive Tony Mathew wants to build a hotel on top of the Leumeah club. Picture: Simon Bennett

A 120-room hotel above Wests Leagues Club in Leumeah is more than just a pie in the sky idea.

Club boss Tony Mathew said discussions with Campbelltown Council and architects had been held over the past few years however the plan had not come to fruition due to planning restrictions.

Mr Mathew said he believed supply for accommodation in Campbelltown did not match demand.

“There’s one hotel in Campbelltown (Rydges) and one in Liverpool and those occupancy rates are very high,” he said.

Council’s director of city development, Jim Baldwin said the council was aware of an “acute” shortage of accommodation.

“Council is aware of an acute shortage of hotel/motel accommodation across Sydney and is investigating opportunities that will increase the availability of such accommodation within Campbelltown city,” he said.

A potential hotel next to the HJ Daley Library in Campbelltown has been discussed by councillors, however details have been kept confidential.

Mr Mathew said a hotel in Leumeah would provide a close option for accommodation for people who attended events at Campbelltown Sports Stadium.

Mr Baldwin said the potential hotel and the stadium could compliment each other.

“An increase in high quality short-term accommodation across Campbelltown is likely to have an advantageous influence on the attracting of more entertainment and sporting events,” he said.

Mr Mathew said the only thing stopping the hotel from going ahead was the council’s Local Environment Plan.

“Until we get the LEP changed, we can’t build anything over 9.5 metres,” he said. “It’s eight stories across the road but we can’t build anything like that – it doesn’t make sense to me.

“We would like to have seen this happen years ago. But it’s really up to the council.”

The club had focused on building a hotel at another of the organisation’s venues outside the Campbelltown LGA instead – at Camden Lakeside Golf Club – due to less hurdles.

We would like to have seen this happen years ago.

Wests Leagues Club Leumeah chief executive Tony Mathew

“The need to change the zoning.”

The Advertiser asked Mr Baldwin why the LEP had not allowed the club to go higher. No response has been received.