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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 13 Hansard (21 November) . . Page.. 4054 ..

With the support of the Australian Federal Police and the Tuggeranong Community Council, Environment ACT has now restricted after hours vehicular access to the Pine Island Reserve in the interest of public safety and to protect property and infrastructure. This course of action will not restrict public access on foot to the reserve during such times.

The Pine Island Reserve is now closed to vehicles between the hours of 9.00 p.m. and 8.00 am.

It is anticipated that by restricting after-hours vehicular access to the Pine Island Reserve the levels of antisocial behaviour and wilful acts of vandalism will be greatly reduced, thus providing a high quality recreational reserve for the enjoyment of the wider Canberra community. Police and Ranger patrols are still being undertaken.

Circus Royale

(Question No 327)

Mr Cornwell asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice:

In relation to the use of Eddison Park by Circus Royale.

(1) Why is the Circus Royale performing on public land at Eddison Park Woden and are we charging for use of the land

(2) Will the area be returned to its previous state and who will pay for these repairs.

(3) What is the estimated total cost of these repairs and how long is it anticipated it will take the park to recover.

Mr Wood: The answer to the member's questions is as follows:

(1) The Circus Royale used Eddison Park as it is a small-scale performance group. The Futsal area at Acton was being used at the time by the large group staging `Shout'. Locating the Circus in Eddison Park was also beneficial to the community as it was more accessible for the many families in the Woden/Weston area.

The contract agreement with Circus Royale required them to pay $400 per day during the set-up and break down of the Circus and $500 per day during the performance period. A total of $5,800 was received from the Circus for use of the Park.

(2) The agreement with the Circus required that all restoration costs for damage to the Park were to be met by them. A $10,000 bond was taken to ensure this occurred.

(3) The horticultural maintenance contractor for the area has advised Canberra Urban Parks and Places that the area was fertilised just before the Circus arrived as part of routine work. Since the Circus left, the area is recovering well. It should be fully recovered within two to three weeks with no additional cost. It has therefore not been necessary to draw on the bond from the Circus for any restoration work.

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