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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 7 Hansard (7 August) . .

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MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Ms Porter.

MS PORTER: Treasurer, how does the 2014-15 budget invest in local sporting infrastructure in Ginninderra?

MR BARR: Canberrans are Australia's healthiest and most active people, because we have the best sport and recreation infrastructure in Australia and we are committed to ensuring that we remain at the pinnacle of participation in sport and recreation. Through quality provision of infrastructure, the government plays its part.

In Ginninderra, in the 2014-15 budget, there is funding for new outdoor fitness equipment at the John Knight memorial park at Lake Ginninderra and there is also further upgrade work to neighbourhood ovals, including Charnwood oval. There is a boost in the budget for the irrigation of our sportsgrounds which will help ensure that ovals in the Ginninderra electorate will continue to be maintained at a high quality.

Ginninderra will also share in the near $5 million budget boost to the expansion of walking and cycling infrastructure and of course there will be opportunities for privately owned sports infrastructure within the Ginninderra electorate to apply for additional funding for asset maintenance and enhancements under the sport and recreation grants program. This allows community sporting organisations to undertake repairs and maintenance of facilities that they own, manage or lease.

The government continues its investment in community infrastructure that continues to see Canberra as Australia's most active city.

Schools—emergency incidents

MR DOSZPOT: My question is directed to the Minister for Education and Training. Minister, earlier today ABC Radio reported that ACT Fire & Rescue had attended Charles Condor Primary School following reports of a gas leak and later in the morning another gas leak at Kingsford Smith School. This follows incidents earlier this year when an unknown electrical fault at Gowrie Primary School resulted in a staff member being hospitalised and the school closed and Birrigai Outdoor School closed due to asbestos being discovered. Minister, what was the cause of this morning's emergency at the two schools and were any students and teachers put at risk?

MS BURCH: I do not have the complete details at hand but I can assure you that no teachers or children were at risk in any way, shape or form. I was alerted earlier in the morning about the one down south and then the other school—I think it was connected to a pilot light. It was not necessarily a gas leak, but certainly the team responded.

I am getting all that detail as it comes through. The school is safe. There has been no disruption other than responding and getting the team out. But I can certainly bring some advice as it comes through.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Doszpot.


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