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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 6 Hansard (3 September) . . Page.. 1903 ..

MR SMYTH (continuing):

that took advantage of a change of use charge was capitalised using rental figures from other clubs within Civic. Overall, it was determined that the additional purpose clauses added only marginally to the capital value of the property. The casino operates from a premium rather than a rental lease. Because of this, the Government will not receive any proportion of the rent the casino may derive from having a club on those premises as a tenant.

Mr Rugendyke then asked a supplementary question. Again, I refer to my letter to Mr Rugendyke dated 15 July 1998. I can only reiterate that the estimated change of use charge differed from the amount paid as there was a change of valuation approach due to the amendments of the Land (Planning and Environment) Act 1991 that took effect on 24 June 1998. Details of the change of use charge are tabled in the Assembly quarterly. When an amount of change of use charge has been determined, an applicant can seek to have the amount reviewed by lodging an appeal with the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. During 1997-98 four such appeals were lodged with the AAT. Of the four applications for review, three succeeded in having the AAT direct that the amount be reduced by more than half. I table the details of these lease variations and the AAT decisions.

Canberra Cosmos

MR STEFANIAK: During question time yesterday I took on notice a question from Mr Quinlan about funding for soccer. Soccer in the ACT has been funded from a number of sources, including the Bureau of Sport, Recreation and Racing, Healthpact and various programs in the Chief Minister's Department. For the benefit of Mr Quinlan and other members, I table details of triennial assistance to Soccer Canberra, previously the ACT Soccer Federation, under the sport and recreation development grants scheme. The triennial grant of $31,000 relates to men's senior soccer and junior soccer, including girls not in the under-16s or above. The grant to the ACT Women's Soccer Association refers to senior women's soccer, which includes under 16-girls upwards.

The rest of the document is self-explanatory. It contains advice I have received not only from my own bureau but also from the relevant areas of the program which the Chief Minister's Department runs, together with details from Healthpact, which is run through the office of Minister for Health.

Ministerial Statement

MS CARNELL (Chief Minister and Treasurer) (3.35): Mr Speaker, I ask for leave of the Assembly to make a ministerial statement on community consultation.

Leave granted.

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