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Following the Adelaide City Council’s media comments in today’s Advertiser that it is considering whether it can refer the Adelaide Oval Hotel project to the Federal Environment Minister, the Adelaide Oval Stadium Management Authority can advise that we will save them the trouble.

While it is not considered that the development will be a controlled action pursuant to the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, to avoid any ongoing questioning in this area the Adelaide Oval SMA – as the project’s promoter – will itself refer the project to Environment Minister Melissa Price for consideration.

This is the same process as was undertaken by the Adelaide Oval SMA in 2011 for the original full redevelopment of Adelaide Oval.

The Adelaide Oval redevelopment received confirmation on 19 January 2012 that it was not a controlled action from the then Environment Minister Tony Burke and, given the hotel will sit entirely within the Oval’s existing footprint and complement the existing use of the stadium while keeping up with international trends in this field, we anticipate a similar finding once again.

No further comment will be made at this time.

Note: The Federal Government entered the Adelaide Parklands into the Australian Heritage List in November 2008.

Media: Phil Martin, Michels Warren PR on 0418 817 876 or