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Simon Black’s well-written, mature opinion piece about Rory Miles, Rushcutters Bay Park tennis club manager, deserves commendation (“Rory miles – The Morton Bay Fig: Opinion”, City News, January 6).

His partner, Yoon Kim, was also a silent partner. Together, for over 27 years, they knitted a community together based on their love of service, love of community and love of tennis.

Their efforts went well beyond what was required or expected. They created life-long social networks and an outreach programme which formed a social glue, binding underprivileged children from Woolloomooloo, Rory’s own childhood suburb, with the eastern suburb’s upper-crust. Rory provided all their equipment and coaching for free out of his own pocket.

These children became Rory’s and Yoon’s wider ‘tennis family’.

And it created a continuum: many families are third-generation tennis club players. They are also deeply disappointed a planning imbroglio over Clover Moore’s vision for this heritage-listed park and unnecessary loss of the historic 1948 caretaker’s cottage have created such devastating social consequences.

Their loss is our loss.

After all, a city is its people, not a knot of planners looking to fulfil a design aesthete.

And as we approach Australia Day it’s well-worth remembering that Rory and Yoon are the quintessential quiet Australians whose 27-year contribution should have also been a cause for celebration, not degradation.

Dixie Coulton,

Friends of Rushcutters Bay Park

  • This City of Sydney Council ia not acting in the public interest.
    There is no doubt Clover Moore is not taking resposibility for the plannning department and Monica Barone,CEO, is simply incompetent and out of her depth: this CEO job was always beyond her.
    There should be a full,independent enquiry.