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Thursday, 9 December 1976
Page: 3680

Mr Uren asked the Minister for the Capital Territory, upon notice:

(   1 ) What are the principles laid down by his Department regarding use of lands set aside for recreational purposes, which have not been leased to organisations, by (a) individuals, (b) non-profit making community and sporting groups and (c) individuals or organisations intending to make profits.

(2)   In particular, are charges made by the Department for use of lands, such as the area surrounding Forest Park Riding School, when they are used by individuals who run private riding schools for personal gain.

(3)   If charges are not made in those cases involving profit seeking individuals or profit making organisations, why not

Mr Staley (CHISHOLM, VICTORIA) (Minister for the Capital Territory) -The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(   1 ) The general principle followed by the Department of the Capital Territory in managing land set aside for recreational purposes is that it should be available to as many people and uses as are consistent with its primary use (if any) and with protection of the area as an asset. Because it is public land no distinction is made as to the nature or identity of the persons or groups using such an area for recreational uses provided the basic management principles are observed. If any conflict emerges these are settled by conference between the user groups. If there are special and identifiable costs involved the Department endeavours to recover these costs.

(2)   No.

(3)   See the answer to ( 1 ) above.

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