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Volume 16 No. 36
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2011
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Diplomatic land grab
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Federal Golf Club president
David Nelson, pictured with his
granddaughter Eden Blacker,
3, has welcomed the NCA's
proposal to use part of their
land for diplomatic purposes.
Picture: Elesa Lee
A PROPOSAL by the National Capital
Authority to use part of Federal Golf
Club land for diplomatic purposes
could guarantee the survival of the
The land in Red Hill is one of three
sites, alongside two blocks in Yarra-
lumla, being considered by the NCA as
potential locations for a future diplo-
In the past the club has copped
plenty of criticism from the public
after four failed attempts to redevelop
a section of its site.
Its most recent application, which
was denied in March, proposed to vary
the concessional lease of part of the
course to allow it to be sold for
Federal Golf Club president David
Nelson welcomed the NCA's proposal.
"The club is generally receptive to
what NCA has in mind. We think it's
an excellent and environmentally
appropriate use of the land," he said.
"It's a logical extension of the
existing diplomatic area ... its geo-
graphical location is sound for that
type of thing."
Despite that, he is aware of some
"hostile reactions" from the public,
which he says is unfair.
In recent years the long-term
viability of the club has been in doubt,
largely due to a lack of rainfall.
While he said the proposal was in its
very early stages and there had been no
talk of money, Mr Nelson admitted the
NCA's acquisition of the land would
guarantee the club's survival.
"We're a not-for-profit organisation,
any money we receive must be spent
on the golf course," he said.
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