Coogee Beach will fly red and green banners this NRL Finals Series after Randwick Mayor Scott Nash today (Friday) announced the results of the recent, highly-contested community consultation, ‘Turfwar’, where Randwick City Council asked residents and footy fans whether Rabbitohs or Roosters banners should be flown at Coogee Beach.
The Rabbitohs saw a groundswell of support in all geographic areas included in the survey – Arden St Coogee, ANZAC Pde/Todman Avenue Kensington, Clovelly Beach, and Alison Park Randwick.
Out of the 4887 participants surveyed, 3561 voted to keep Coogee red and green, while 1120 voted for the banners to be Roosters ones. A small 186 respondents voted for the banners to be alternated between the two foundation clubs, while 20 had no opinion.
“I hope this will bring some conclusion to this long-standing, friendly rivalry about who ‘owns’ Coogee Beach between these two mighty teams,” he said.
“The people have spoken, and we will continue to fly only South Sydney Rabbitohs banners along Arden Street in Coogee, as the majority of residents in this area, and Rabbitohs fans, told us this is Rabbitohs territory,” Mayor Nash said.
“In just eight days, we saw an overwhelming response, with more than 5000 people contacting us online, on social media, even via phone to share their thoughts on the boundaries.
"Not surprisingly, most Rabbitohs supporters voted for Rabbitohs and most Roosters supporters voted for Roosters. But this was never a popularity contest,” he said. “We wanted to find out if Rabbitohs fans supported the NRL's ruling that Coogee Beach is Rabbitohs heartland - and they did,” Mayor Nash said. "Most Coogee residents and Randwick City residents also thought we should fly Rabbitohs banners at Coogee Beach.
"I'd like to thank everybody for participating in this friendly debate. I'm pleased to announce that we'll be installing the banners next week, from 17 September."
Turf War results snap shot:
• 4,887 survey participants
• 73% of respondents were Rabbitohs supporters, 22% Roosters
• 63% of survey respondents from Coogee & South Coogee voted Rabbitohs
• 64% of survey respondents from Randwick City voted Rabbitohs
• In other locations surveyed, Randwick City Council has decided to continue flying Roosters banners at Clovelly Beach and Alison Park, Randwick, and Rabbitohs banners in Kensington
• Randwick City Council also flies Rabbitohs banners in Kingsford, Maroubra Junction, Maroubra Beach and Matraville - but these locations were not part of the consultation