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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 3 Hansard (30 March) . . Page.. 944..


(1) In relation to the successful program "Kids at Play"targeting childhood obesity, how much funding has been given to the program and has that funding been redirected from other operational funding within Sport and Recreation ACT; if so, how much has been redirected and where within Sport and Recreation did it come from;

(2) Have any people lost their jobs or have positions been abolished because of that redirection.

Mr Quinlan: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) The 2005/06 Budget allocated $100,000 to Sport and Recreation ACT for Kids at Play as an agency funded initiative, with $150,000 allocated in forward years to 2008/09 on the same basis. These funds were made available through the standard practice of redirecting internal program allocations to priority areas as required. However, due to the success of Kids at Play, its recent expansion and the unexpected increase of some costs, such as vehicle operations and the need to train a larger staffing pool, the actual cost to run the program for a full year is now substantially greater. The source of additional funding is yet to be finalised.

(2) No.

Phillip Oval

(Question No 893)

Mr Stefaniak asked the Minister for Sport and Recreation, upon notice, on 15 February 2006:

(1) What are the Government's plans for Phillip Oval and what is to be done with the burned-out buildings;

(2) What is to be done regarding the use of the oval by sporting teams;

(3) Which teams will use the oval;

(4) When is it expected the oval can be used by sporting teams and associations.

Mr Quinlan: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) The 2005/06 Budget allocated $1.700m to upgrade Phillip Oval so that it can again be suitable for sport and recreation activities. Having completed work to clean up the property in 2005, design work is now underway on the options available to Government for the facility. The Government intends to provide for a wide range of local community-level sport and recreation activities at the refurbished facility. The burned grandstand building is still being assessed by its insurer.

(2) The facility will be made available for hire by local sports teams and other users once the upgrade has been completed.

(3) Following the upgrade, Phillip Oval will again be made available for local Australian Rules football in accordance with the terms of the Deed of Surrender between the Government and AFL Canberra. Other sport users are yet to be finalised.


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