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Monday, 14 October 1985
Page: 1204

(Question No. 544)

Senator Bolkus asked the Minister representing the Minister for Territories, upon notice, on 13 September 1985:

(1) What are the conditions of lease held by the Royal Canberra Golf Club over the area known as Westbourne Woods, Yarralumla.

(2) How much rent is paid by the Royal Canberra Golf Club.

(3) On what date was permission sought and granted for the Royal Canberra Golf Club to remove trees from the `Pine Plantation', in order to construct 9 new fairways and who gave this permission. (See answer to Question on Notice No. 340, Hansard, 12 September 1985, p. 514).

(4) When is the destruction of the trees necessary for the construction of the 9 new fairways expected to take place.

(5) How many trees will have to be destroyed.

(6) Will the rent paid by the Royal Canberra Golf Club be affected in any way by the addition of the 9 new fairways.

Senator Gietzelt —The following answer has been provided to the honourable senator's question:

(1) The Royal Canberra Golf Club was granted a 50 year lease on 18 July 1980 under the provisions of the Leases Ordinance. The leased land encompasses the bulk of the Westbourne Woods area and a portion of adjoining land known as Lees Paddock. The lease requires the club to use the land for the purposes of a golf club and for any purposes incidental thereto with a requirement for the construction and completion of a 27 hole golf course and appropriate landscaping. To protect and maintain the many tree species in Westbourne Woods, the lease provides that trees are not to be interfered with, cut back, removed or planted without the prior consent of the Commonwealth.

(2) A land rent of $9,600 per annum is payable under the terms of the lease until the year 2000, when a rental review will be undertaken.

(3), (4) and (5) Approval in principle to the establishment of part of the additional 9 holes in the `Pine Plantation' was given most recently on 23 October 1984 by Mr Uren as Minister. No specific approval for removal of any trees has been given as the club must present a full development plan for the course. Until this plan is considered in detail no approvals for tree removal will be given. The timing and extent of tree removal has not been decided but it is expected to be phased in with thinning of the `Pine Plantation' which must be undertaken if the health of the trees is to be maintained.

(6) No. The land rent has been determined taking into account the establishment of a 27 hole golf course.