Legislative Council: Thursday, October 19, 2023


VALO Adelaide 500

The Hon. T.A. FRANKS (15:03): I seek leave to make a brief explanation before addressing a question to the Leader of the Government, the Attorney-General, for the Premier on the topic of the operation of the Motorsport Board.

Leave granted.

The Hon. T.A. FRANKS: We became aware in South Australia last week of a proposal by the Motorsport Board with regard to the Adelaide 500 to establish a camp site in the Adelaide Parklands of some 150 motorhomes. I note the response of the Lord Mayor of Adelaide that it was quite a surprise. She was quoted as stating:

This is a completely inappropriate use of this space and sets a dangerous precedent that undermines the integrity of our natural park lands.

Additionally, the Premier has indicated on radio that he was not aware of the proposal prior to the media exposure. My questions to the Premier, therefore, are:

1. What conversations has the Premier had with the Motorsport Board with regard to a camp site being set up around the Adelaide 500 car race of motorhomes?

2. What will be any consultation process that the Motorsport Board will be required to undertake?

3. Was this what was envisaged when the Motorsport Board under the Motor Sport Act was given the power to bypass the Adelaide City Council?

4. Will consideration be given to amendments to that act?

The Hon. K.J. MAHER (Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Attorney-General, Minister for Industrial Relations and Public Sector) (15:05): I thank the honourable member for her question. I will most happily pass them on to the Premier in the other place and bring back a reply.