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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 1 Hansard (20 February) . . Page.. 373 ..

I understand that the amount offered by the developer is in excess of 35% higher than the amount contemplated by the Eastern Suburbs Rugby Union and Amateur Sport Club. It is expected that this money will enable the Club to extinguish its current liability, including the payment, to the Territory, of the market value of the land to remove the concession applicable to the lease. It would also help with the relocation of the Club to premises more appropriate to its current needs.

There is no such plan. The Government has initiated Neighbourhood Planning processes for those suburbs considered to be most under pressure from development. As a result of highly successful collaborative planning processes with the community, five Neighbourhood Plans have been finalised. The Minister will be announcing the next round of Neighbourhood Planning shortly.

The consultants selected to carry out the review of the concessional leasing system are currently gathering information. I expect that a discussion paper will be released within the next few months.

No, the lease has not reverted to the ACT Government. Unless the Club is prepared to surrender its lease, there is no mechanism or law that entitles the Territory to resume the lease without the Government paying full market value for the land and improvements as required by the Land Acquisition Act.

As this property is already leased, it is the responsibility of the lessee and not the ACT Government to conduct the sale process.

Mr Bill Cape-review of allegations (Question No 361)

Mr Stefaniak asked the Attorney General, upon notice, on 12 December, 2002:

In relation to several letters written to you by a constituent, Mr Bill Cape, commencing on 13 November, 2001 where he made allegations concerning his treatment by an Officer of the ACT Supreme Court:

why, after receiving advice from you in January 2002 that the matter was being attended to and receiving no further correspondence from you, has no reply been received;

what is the cause of the delay;

when will Mr Cape receive a reply; and

given the serious nature of the allegations is the Attorney-General considering having an independent inquiry into the matter.

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