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Thursday, 28 November 1985
Page: 2466


Senator MORRIS —My question is directed to the Minister representing the Minister for Local Government and Administrative Services. The Minister will be aware of the recent announcement of the New South Wales Government on the redevelopment of the sports ground complex at Moore Park. Will the Minister ensure that Commonwealth land at Moore Park transferred to the State in 1981 for public recreation purposes will be utilised for that purpose?


Senator GIETZELT —It is true that in 1979 it was agreed that the Army engineers depot at Moore Park, Sydney, would be transferred to the State Government on the important condition that the State undertook to reserve the land for public recreation under appropriate legislation. I am not totally aware, however, of the State Government's proposals, although the Minister for Local Government and Administrative Services has advised me that he recently wrote to the State Minister for National Resources, the Hon. Mrs Crosio, MP, who is responsible for land exchange matters between the Commonwealth and the State. The Minister has indicated that he expected the land to be readily accessible for public recreation in accordance with the 1979 agreement. However, I should add that while that may be the principle upon which the Commonwealth Government agreed to transfer the land at a very nominal fee to the State Government, the question of what constitutes a proper use of the site for public recreation is one which finally will have to be determined by the State itself. The Commonwealth can only express a view in respect of this matter. Whether it will be used for an exclusive club, which I have read somewhere is one of the proposals being contemplated by the State Government, will finally have to be worked out by the State, provided, of course, that a substantial area will nevertheless be put aside for public use.