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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 6 Hansard (13 June) . . Page.. 1609..


Lyneham tennis centre

MR HARGREAVES: My question is to the Minister for Urban Services. Are you aware that contractors involved in the preparation of the initial preliminary assessment for the redevelopment of the Lyneham tennis centre are also outstanding creditors of Pacific Academy Sports Trust? These contractors are currently engaged in legal action against the company to recover outstanding moneys. Minister, why did the government not know about these additional creditors, if it did not know about them, when the development application was called in?

MR SMYTH: The Chief Minister made it quite clear in his letter to the proponents that all moneys will be paid. That includes the creditors that Mr Hargreaves brings to our attention.

MR HARGREAVES: I have a supplementary question. Minister, given that you have called in the issue, what steps will you take to ensure that those additional creditors are paid?

MR SMYTH: I am happy to outline all the work that is being done by a number of people to make sure that this happens. A large number of people, including the Leader of the Opposition, are very supportive of the tennis centre project, and that is good. I think that, in it, we can see a number of benefits for the ACT. But, as the Chief Minister has said in his letter to the president of Tennis ACT, all outstanding moneys must be paid. That is a condition of the approval.

For instance, on behalf of MBA members, Mr Dawes, their chief executive, has been working very hard to push their case and make sure that all the information required has been forwarded to Tennis ACT and the proponents. A number of other bodies have done the same. Tennis ACT has made sure that the information and details required from its records also have been made available. It took some time to get that information together, but it has now been collated.

If there are still any unknown creditors out there, I would be interested in meeting with them. My understanding is that a large number of them have come forward and added their names to the list. As the Chief Minister has said, all outstanding creditors must be paid in full.

State final demand statistics

MR HIRD: My question is to the Chief Minister and Treasurer, Mr Humphries.

Mr Stanhope: You nearly forgot.

MR HIRD: Jon, while you are around, I will not forget.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Just get on with it.

MR HIRD: Can the Chief Minister and Treasurer advise the parliament on whether the government has-


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