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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 5 Hansard (3 May) . . Page.. 1495 ..

MR SMYTH (continuing):

I wish to table for the benefit of members a copy of the lease granted under disallowable instrument No 228 of 1997 to the Canberra Southern Cross Club for block 7, section 15, Greenway, the Tuggeranong Indoor Sports Centre, for the purpose of an indoor recreation facility. The disallowable instrument was used in this instance, as the proposed use for the site-indoor recreation facility-is a permitted use within the commercial land use policy as defined in the Territory Plan, and the centre will be operated on a commercial basis. Late last year, Basketball Canberra was placed in receivership by the National Australia Bank. The matter was successfully resolved and included the direct sale of the lease over the centre to Canberra Southern Cross Club Inc.

To achieve this, Basketball Canberra had to surrender their existing lease over the Tuggeranong Indoor Sports Centre and be paid compensation for the improvements. The government then sold the surrendered lease to the Canberra Southern Cross Club at market value for the purposes of an indoor recreation facility. The value of the improvements and the market value of the lease were determined by the Australian Valuation Office.

Basketball Canberra will be the major tenant of the centre, with any spare capacity available to be utilised by other organisations. Basketball Canberra has been provided with a more secure future, which should enable them to continue to undertake their full range of activities, including the operation of the Canberra Capitals and Gunners basketball teams. It will also provide a continuing basketball facility for use by the broader community in the Tuggeranong valley.

I believe that there will be significant social, sporting, and cultural benefits for the territory in the ongoing use of the Tuggeranong Indoor Sports Centre for basketball. These justify a direct grant of the land to the Canberra Southern Cross Club.


Mr Smyth , on behalf of Mr Moore , presented the following papers:

Health Regulation (Maternal Health Information) Act-Quarterly reports for approved facilities for October 2000 to December 2000, including a corrigendum for the period July 2000-September 2000.

Hepatitis C-Lookback program and financial assistance scheme-Report as at 31 March 2000.

Information bulletins-

Calvary Public Hospital-Patient Activity Data-February 2001.

The Canberra Hospital-Patient Activity Data-February 2001.

Justice and Community Safety-Standing Committee

Report No 11-government response

MR SMYTH (Minister for Urban Services, Minister for Business, Tourism and the Arts and Minister for Police and Emergency Services): On behalf of Mr Moore, I present the following paper:

Justice and Community Safety-Standing Committee-Report No 11-Committee visit to Western Australia, the Northern Territory and South Australia: Third interim report in the prison series (presented 7 December 2000)-Government response.

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