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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 3 Hansard (9 April) . . Page.. 845..


I think the event gave people a great focus on, I guess, the dark reality of youth homeless and also the optimism and the resilience of young people. It is a good reminder for all of us that tackling youth homelessness is a job for everybody.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mrs Jones.

MRS JONES: Minister, will the extension of funds have any effect on day services at Toora House?

MR RATTENBURY: No, it will not. Toora House is not funded under that program. The particular programs that I mentioned—FirstPoint, street to home, the Supportive Tenancy Service and our place—are the services provided under this program. Toora House is funded under a separate program, NAHA, the national agreement on housing affordability. That program is the one that has been reduced significantly in recent years as a result of changes to the federal funding formula. Those funding cuts are starting to roll out and will continue through the course of this year.

Sport—Woden oval redevelopment

MR DOSZPOT: My question is directed to the Minister for Sport and Recreation. Minister, yesterday you implied that Woden Valley Football club had been informed that their home ground at Woden is not available to them for the 2014 season. The relocation has resulted in higher costs, such as line marking, team transport and a loss in revenue from the canteen. Minister, why was a club based in Woden offered only the choice of Hawker or Kaleen as an alternative playing and training venue? Was there any support offered to them to assist in their relocation?

MR BARR: In relation to the upgrades at Woden park, it is obviously an important project, principally for the athletics community. Yes, it does unfortunately, because of the timing of completion of works in July of this year, require—

Mr Doszpot interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Order, Mr Doszpot!

MR BARR: obviously some disruption to the Woden Valley Football club. Certainly, the government apologises for that dislocation for a period of time and it is, of course, working with the club, through Capital Football, to provide an appropriate quality venue in order for the club to complete its season.

Those are the options, Madam Speaker. That is the situation that confronts Sport and Recreation Services and they are working closely with Capital Football, and have been working closely with Heather Reid in particular, to ensure that alternative arrangements are put in place.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Doszpot.


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