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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 5 Hansard (11 April) . .

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provided for business and operational reviews, the development of good governance structures, business models, business and operational plans, and strategic plans. Each club is different and they identified different needs including succession planning, governance structures and business planning. Nine community motorsport clubs sought and received funding through this publicly advertised program with grants payments of up to $12,500 provided.

(2) These studies related to the proposed off-road recreational motorcycle riding facility at Pierces Creek. Preliminary assessment was conducted on Pierces Creek and the site was found to be a suitable option for further analysis. The site was considered to have the following beneficial characteristics, but not limited to:

Little to no visual impact of surrounding areas.

Limited to only 4-5 rural properties in proximity.

Desktop noise assessment low.

Good access and within 25km of CBD.

Adequate size, configuration and terrain to create challenges for riders.

The initial assessment concluded that the Pierces Creek site presented a good option for such a facility subject to more detailed consideration.

Further analysis was undertaken including, but not limited to:

Stakeholder engagement, (26 government and four non-government organisations).

Planning Review - Report reviews relevant planning requirements concerning Pierces Creek.

Biodiversity Assessment.

Environmental Constraints Report.

Environmental and planning reports prepared state that if the recommended design considerations are implemented during design and construction, the condition of the site will most likely be improved.

Environmental issues and recommendations include, but are not limited to:

Addressing existing and potential soil erosion and ensuring water quality through the retention of sediment within the site.

Bio-diversity; control of existing natural and introduced weed species.

Noise management.

Limiting new tracks where possible and to avoid drainage lines.

Environmental monitoring programs.

In addition to the environmental issues above, planning specialists recommend design considerations to include, but not limited to:

Design of entry and location of trails to minimise clearing of native vegetation.

Design and construct trails to recognised standards.

Wheel cleaning bay to minimise the risk of weed transportation.

Landscape and remediation of the site.

The economic and financial considerations included a range of potential management models; governance structures; on-going land management requirements; risk management and insurances and accountability. Further assessment of management options is being undertaken in 2012-13. The QLD Moto Park is considered as a benchmark facility for a similar operation in the ACT in terms of management arrangements and environmental considerations.

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