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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 1 Hansard (13 February) . . Page.. 47..


Deakin oval

MS TUCKER: My question is directed to the Minister for Urban Services. I did give the minister notice of this question. It relates to the agreement the government has made with the Croatia Deakin Football Club regarding the redevelopment of the Deakin soccer oval. Minister, under this agreement, the football club surrendered its lease over the oval, and the government then subdivided this land into three new blocks. One of these blocks is for a new oval, one is to be developed by the club into residential units, pending a variation to the Territory Plan, and the third is to become public open space. The block for the new oval-block 16, section 36, Deakin-has already been given to the club by direct grant, but when you announced this in the Assembly last year you did not say under which determination this direct grant of land was given. You referred to determination 228 of 1997 for other leases granted at the same time, but this determination is only about grants of land for commercial, industrial, residential and tourism purposes and not for sporting facilities. Could you therefore clarify the legal basis on which this grant of block 16, section 36 was made?

MR SMYTH: I thank Ms Tucker for her notice of the question. She rang my office and told them she would be asking it. She refers to disallowable instrument No 131 of 2000. The section under which the regrant is made is section 163 of the land act. It was a regrant of land, under a disallowable instrument, to a community organisation.

MS TUCKER: I ask a supplementary question. The Deakin oval and surrounding land are currently zoned as public land under the Territory Plan, and under sections 208 and 209 of the land act the executive may not grant a lease over public land except on the written recommendation of the conservator. Could you therefore advise whether a recommendation of the conservator was sought regarding that direct grant of block 16, section 36 and, if so, could you table the recommendation?

MR SMYTH: I will have to get further information on the process that was followed. I will answer the member's question later.

AC/DC rock concert

MR BERRY: My question is to the Minister for Urban Services. It is a further opportunity for him to demonstrate that he is on top of things. At the recent AC/DC concert, fans were not allowed to take water into the event. Minister, the concert took place in the middle of a very hot summer and was after the tragedy that occurred at the Big Day Out in Sydney. Minister, can you inform the Assembly what risk assessment was undertaken by WorkCover before the event and why fans were not allowed to take their own water into the event?

I also understand that there was some difficulty with exit routes. Given the government's concern about major events that might create a hazard for the people who attend these events-I hope they have that sort of concern these days, after the hospital implosion-could you tell me again what risk assessment was undertaken; why the fans were not allowed to take water into the event; and what the government will do to ensure that so-called safety precautions are taken at these sorts of events?


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