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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 8 Hansard (9 August) . . Page.. 2933..


Bruce Stadium-grass

(Question No 375)

Mr Stanhope asked the Chief Minister, upon notice. on 13 June 2001:

1. How many times in the past 3 years has the surface grass at Bruce Stadium been replaced.

2. For each occasion that the grass was replaced in that period, who was the contractor engaged to supply and/or lay the replacement grass.

3. What was the cost to (a) supply and (b) lay the grass.

4. On each occasion that the grass was replaced in that period, how was the contractor chosen.

5. On each occasion that the grass was replaced in that period, what role did the following people play in the choice of the contractor:

(a) Chief Minister

(b) Chief Minister's staff

(c) Major hirers' representatives and

(d) Bruce Stadium Operations Pty Ltd or Stadiums Authority representatives.

6. What legal advice was obtained during the negotiation of any contract before replacement of the surface was signed and could the government provide copies of the advice.

7. Has the government commenced legal action against any of the contractors for failure to comply with the contract.

8. What stage have the legal proceedings, if any reached.

9. Has any contractor commenced legal proceedings against the government for failure to pay or any other reason.

10. What stage have the legal proceedings, if any, reached.

Mr Humphries: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

1. Twice.

2. StrathAyr Pty Ltd in August 2000.

HG Turf Pty Ltd in September 2000.

3. August 2000 - the price quoted by StrathAyr was $4,91,810. The price was to supply and lay the grass and the elements were not separately identified. No payment has been made.

September 2000 - $755,440 to supply and lay the grass and the elements were not separately identified.

4. August 2000 - the contract with StrathAyr was a result of direct negotiation. StrathAyr was the owner of the netlon system that was laid as part of the redevelopment of the Stadium in December 1997. At the time the contract was entered into the StrathAyr system was the most suitable replacement having regard to the surface requirements.

September 2000 - the contract with HG Turf was a direct contract entered into by the Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (SOCOG).


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