SELECT COMMITTEE: Inquiry into Adelaide Oval redevelopment

Mark today supported the establishment of a Select Committee to inquire into the redevelopment of Adelaide Oval, expressing concerns the Greens have about the continued alienation of the Adelaide Park Lands for various inappropriate purposes, not the least of which are private commercial purposes. 

The terms of reference are set out below.


Motion of Hon. I.K. Hunter:

1. That a select committee of the Legislative Council be established to inquire into and report on a redeveloped Adelaide Oval, with particular reference to:

(a) the economic and financial benefits of the redevelopment of Adelaide Oval, including to whom the benefits are accruing;

(b) the operations and financial management of the Adelaide Oval;

(c) the corporate governance of the Oval, including the Stadium Management Authority;

(d) the financial returns to the South Australian National Football League, the South Australian Cricket Association, and the Adelaide and Port Adelaide football clubs;

(e) the financial contributions into the Oval infrastructure and into the broader sporting community from the Oval's operations;

(f) the proposed hotel development at the Adelaide Oval, and the process by which the government considered the proposal and approved financing the proposed hotel development;

(g) the impacts on the hotel industry in Adelaide of the proposed hotel development;

(h) the legislative, regulatory and other legal frameworks governing the operations of the Adelaide Oval, and any opportunities for improvement;

(i) the impact of the Oval and its operations on the surrounding Parklands and the legislative, regulatory and other legal frameworks governing further development in the Parklands; and

(j) any other related matters.


The Hon. M. C. PARNELL: The Greens will be supporting this motion to establish a select committee to look at the issue around the Adelaide Oval and in particular the proposed development of a new hotel. It will come as no surprise to honourable members that on behalf of the Greens I have been vocal over many years about the alienation of the Adelaide Park Lands for various inappropriate purposes, not the least of which are private commercial purposes. I have said it before, but I will say it again: what to one group of people is our inalienable heritage, to be preserved and protected for all time, is to someone else a development opportunity.

I am pleased that the terms of reference for this inquiry include a reference to the legislative, regulatory and other legal frameworks governing further development in the Park Lands, because whilst the focus of this committee will be on the proposed private hotel adjacent to the Adelaide Oval, there are systemic issues that go to the heart of this alienation problem. There are issues with the Adelaide Park Lands Act; there are issues with the Development Act and its replacement, the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act; there are also problems with the local planning scheme.

Again, as I have said in the past, the idea that certain things can happen in the Park Lands with zero consultation, such as the creation of a sewerage works or a nuclear waste dump or anything that might vaguely be described as infrastructure—that these can be built in the Park Lands without consultation is really an outrageous outcome.

So I am pleased that the terms of reference will be broad enough to enable witnesses to come along and talk about some of the issues that have resulted, I think, in the problem that will be the dominant item of business; that is, the proposed hotel next to the Adelaide Oval. With those brief words, the Greens will be supporting the creation of this select committee.