Page 5072 - Week 13 - Thursday, 2 November 2017

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The Canberra Tradesmen’s Union Club has paid the 5% deposit ($160,000) required under the Contract at exchange on 15 December 2014. Settlement is tied to the completion of the public carpark on Block 21 Section 30 Dickson (the site next to Woolworths). This is to ensure the Dickson Group centre maintains a viable level of public car parking during development.

There is no provision for a price adjustment under the terms of the contract. Normal penalties apply if the purchaser does not complete once settlement is triggered.

Greyhound racing—inspections

Mr Ramsay (in reply to a supplementary question by Ms Lee on Wednesday, 1 November 2017):

Access Canberra, undertakes a broad range of compliance related activities on behalf of the ACT Gambling and Racing Commission this includes inspections associated with racing venues in the ACT.

Since the establishment of Access Canberra, these inspections have incorporated a range of regulated activities such as liquor supply, security licensing and smoking restrictions, as well as specific racing and gaming compliance obligations.

Specifically Access Canberra conducts the Racing Events Compliance Program. This is a scheduled program and aims to ensure that Access Canberra inspectors will be in attendance at each racing club for key events such as Melbourne Cup Day, Canberra Cup Day and other events where the level of interest may be increased due to higher levels of prizemoney associated with the event(s).

All inspection activity associated with the racing clubs is to ensure integrity of operations and to determine levels of compliance with the applicable legislative provisions.

Aside from general inspection activity associated with the Greyhound Racing Club, Access Canberra on behalf of the Gaming and Racing Commission (the Commission) undertook to ensuring that a recommendation of the Greyhound Racing Industry Transition Options Analysis (The Durkin Report), namely that a Vet be in attendance at all race meetings and trials, was communicated to the Club and that this was adopted.

The recommendation was accepted by the Commission and the Canberra Greyhound Racing Club was formally advised that it was to ensure that a Vet was in attendance at all future trials and that it amend its Rules and Race Day Procedures to reflect this requirement.

As a result of this requirement on the Canberra Greyhound Racing Club, Access Canberra increased its inspection engagement activities at Trials as it was incumbent on Access Canberra to ensure that the Canberra Greyhound Racing Club was aware of and understood this requirement.

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