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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 6 Hansard (14 June) . . Page.. 1739..


Mr Stanhope: Table it.

MR SMYTH: You are so busy not listening that you do not hear the answers.

Lyneham tennis centre

MR HARGREAVES: I have not had so much fun since the cat got in the washing machine. It has been wonderful.

Mr Hird: Where did your cat get, John?

MR HARGREAVES: It is coming right out of this hat, Mr Hird.

Mr Corbell: Table your advice, Minister.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Hargreaves, your question will not be heard unless you ask your colleagues to be quiet.

MR HARGREAVES: Will the government be quiet, please, Mr Speaker?

MR SPEAKER: It is your question.

MR HARGREAVES: My question is to the minister for sport. I have been here for 31/2 years and have not asked him a question yet. Does the minister recall his announcement on 22 May last year of a major ACT government funding injection for a new tennis centre at Lyneham? Can he confirm that his announcement was of a government capital grant of $1.7 million to provide "international standard tournament facilities", including 15 European clay courts? A nod from the minister denotes assent, I take it.

Can he also confirm that his announcement foreshadowed that the first event to be played on the new clay courts in 2001 would be the Australian clay court women's open championships, to be followed by the men's clay court championships in April next year, each tournament worth a minimum of $100,000?

MR STEFANIAK: I do not quite remember the date. It may have been 22 May of last year, but it was certainly last year. I recall making that announcement. I think I made it at Lyneham. I understand that the clay courts are still being built and that for $1.7 million over two years we will end up with 15 clay courts and five Rebound Ace courts. I think the Rebound Ace courts have been built and the clay courts are either in the process of being built or are to be built. They will be a wonderful boon to tennis in not only the ACT but the region.

Mr Hargreaves: Clay courts?

MR STEFANIAK: Clay courts especially. I understand there are some in Hobart and some in Adelaide. The 15 at Lyneham will make us the clay court capital of Australia. I understand that Tennis Australia got Mr Hanna to run the tournament in January-I could be corrected-and that in some circles that caused some problems that my colleagues have mentioned already. We did have the Australian women's clay court


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