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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 4 Hansard (20 March) . . Page.. 1169..


birdman rally. I do remember attending it on a number of occasions when it occurred, and it is probably something we should think about for the future, depending on the cost, of course, and any insurance implications, Mr Barr.

The Chief Minister talked about lots of feedback and how great the centenary event was. Of course, in one of these feedbacks she mentioned that the writer said, "One hundred years was great to see by the lake, and it burst into activity. Let's not wait another 100 years to see it again."

In closing, again, congratulations to Robyn Archer and Jeremy Lasek, in particular, as well, and the centenary team, and keep up the good work.

Motion agreed to.

Sport—athletic facilities

MR DOSZPOT (Molonglo) (5.21): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) that during the 2012 election campaign, the Government committed $4.5 million for a southside synthetic track;

(b) that at the time of the announcement, it was claimed that ACT Labor would undertake a study and seek community feedback on the ideal location for this purpose built facility;

(c) that a feasibility study to report on the conversion of an existing grass athletics track within the southside of Canberra to an International Association of Athletics Federations accredited synthetic surface for both athletics and facilities was presented to the Government in October 2012;

(d) that this study was limited to five locations and each of the five locations had a range of disadvantages;

(e) that the associations' preferred option was not included in the consultant's brief;

(f) that consultation with potential users of the facility has been minimal and limited to discussions at association level only; and

(g) that clubs have expressed disappointment at the lack of consultation and have strong objection to the Government's preferred option on a number of grounds; and

(2) calls on the Government to:

(a) delay progress on the tender until such time as genuine consultation can be had with and among the ACT athletics community as to what best suits their current and future needs;


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