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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 1 Hansard (20 February) . . Page.. 372 ..

Hungarian Australian Club (Question No 360)

Mr Cornwell asked the Minister for Planning, upon notice:

Have you received any notification of any sort that another club was negotiating to purchase the Hungarian-Australian Club and if so, which Club.

  • Why did you not wait to see the result of these negotiations before proceeding with this decision.

    How much was this club offering for the premises as opposed to the amount offered by a developer for residential redeveloment.

    If (3) above is commercial-in-confidence can you provide a ratio (ie: 30/70) and if not, why not.

    Where is the Suburb Master Plan for Narrabundah that shows that there is no need for this type of facility on this site now or in the future.

    Where is the outcome of the review into concessional leases.

    Has the concessional lease now reverted to the ACT Government, in accordance with your position prior to the 2001 elections.

    Will the ACT Government be holding an open and transparent sale of the site to allow the maximum amount of money to flow into ACT Revenue.

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

    I am aware that in August 2002 the Eastern Suburbs Rugby Union and Amateur Sport Club registered an expression of interest concerning the prospective purchase of the Hungarian Australian Club.

    The Hungarian Australian Club's Expressions of Interest process had effectively been concluded or taken as far as the Club was able to prior to the Government making the decision to support a Land Use change. The Government made its decision on the balance of all factors but particularly on sound long term planning principles for the area. The operation of a club immediately adjacent to a primary school, in the middle of a residential area, is not necessarily the most desirable planning outcome. The Government believes that the land use policy as proposed, is more appropriate and it will provide benefits to the broader community.

    I consider this information to be commercial-in-confidence and therefore, I am unable to provide it.

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