QUESTION: Government reports on Adelaide Park Lands

During Question Time, Mark asked Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment representing the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Local Government when the Government would be meeting it's legislative requirement to table reports on the use of Adelaide's Park Lands for six projects: the old RAH site; the expansion of the Casino; the Walker Corporation's proposed office block behind Parliament House; the proposed Walker Corporation retail buildings on the Festival Plaza; the proposed new CBD high school; and the O-Bahn project.


The Hon. M.C. PARNELL: On 4 August 2016, I asked the then minister for police representing the then minister for the City of Adelaide a question about the Adelaide Park Lands. Since then, we have a new government and a new minister. To remind members of the issue I asked about then, under section 23 of the Adelaide Park Lands Act 2005, if land within the Adelaide Park Lands is no longer required for any of its existing uses the minister must ensure that a report concerning the state government's position on the future use and status of the land is prepared within 18 months and tabled in parliament. This report:

…must include information on the condition of the land and on the action (if any) that would be required in order to make the land suitable for public use as park lands.

In 2016, I asked whether the then minister would be providing a report to parliament that properly addresses the legal requirements of section 23 of the Adelaide Park Lands Act. I asked this question in relation to six projects: the old Royal Adelaide Hospital site; the expansion of the Casino onto the Park Lands; the Walker Corporation's proposed office block on the Park Lands behind Parliament House; the proposed Walker Corporation retail buildings on the Festival Plaza directly behind this Parliament House on the Park Lands; the proposed new CBD high school on the Park Lands; and the O-Bahn project on the Park Lands.

Some nine months later, on 9 May 2017, the then minister for the City of Adelaide responded saying that the government was seeking further advice on the preparation of section 23 reports on the development of the Casino and the Festival Plaza. It said that it did not need to prepare one for the CBD high school because the site had previously been used for educational purposes, but it possibly did need to prepare a report in relation to the O-Bahn. My question of the new minister is: when might we expect to see these reports tabled in parliament, as required under the Adelaide Park Lands Act?

The Hon. D.W. RIDGWAY (Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment): I thank the member for his question. I do recall, not the date, but I do recall him asking that question. He has always had a strong interest in the Park Lands and it would be a pleasure to take that question on notice and to refer it to my colleague the Hon. Stephan Knoll in the other place and bring back a reply.

 

Reply provided on December 6, 2018.

The Hon David Ridgway MLC: The Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Local Government has provided the following advice:

The old Royal Adelaide Hospital Site

The use of the site as a hospital ceased on 5 September 2017. The Adelaide Park Lands Act 2005 requires the report for a change of use to be tabled within 18 months of the current use ceasing. A report outlining the future vision for the site as an innovation and creation neighbourhood will be tabled before 5 March 2019.

Adelaide Festival Plaza Precinct (inclusive of SkyCity Casino and Walker Corporation developments)

The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) previously advised that it would seek assistance and advice from Renewal SA on the preparation of Section 23 reports on the redevelopment of the Casino and the Festival Plaza at the appropriate time. I have been advised that the land in question continues to be required for its existing uses, which form an essential and ongoing part of the redevelopment, hence there is no requirement to report to Parliament pursuant to Section 23 of the Adelaide Park Lands Act 2005.

The new CBD high school on the Parklands

As previously advised by DPTI, a Section 23 report for the new CBD high school on Frome Street is not required as its existing use as an educational establishment will continue.

The O-Bahn project on the Parklands

In relation to the O-Bahn project through the Park Lands, prior to the commencement of construction, a corridor of land was transferred from the Adelaide City Council to the Government for the purposes of the construction of the tunnel and busway. As agreed with Council, once constructed the remainder of the land not required for the busway corridor (which is most of the site) was to be transferred back to the care and control of the Council for use as park land. With construction now complete, the work to
execute this transfer is underway

DPTI had previously advised that this transfer may then trigger the requirement for a report under section 23, however after further consideration the advice is that this transfer does not require a report under this section. The portion of land held by the Minister on behalf of the State on a temporary basis to facilitate the construction of the tunnel is now returning to Park Lands. Although the land has been utilised for more than one use during construction, section 23 is not necessarily triggered when the land is no longer needed for one of those uses.