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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 9 Hansard (18 September) . .

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Motion (by Mr Rattenbury) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Canberra Southern Cross Club

MR COE (Ginninderra) (4.35): I rise this evening to talk about the Canberra Southern Cross Club. The club is a not-for-profit organisation which first opened in Canberra in August 1972. Since that time the club has opened a further three clubs in Canberra, as well as a number of gyms and recreational centres. The club also operates a boat, the MV Southern Cross, which provides sightseeing, educational and dining cruises.

Many members would have visited one of the four Southern Cross clubs in Canberra and would be aware of the excellent services and facilities they provide. For many years the club has served as a meeting place for Canberrans, whether that is through private functions, concerts and performances, or casual dining. The club also holds many public functions, such as the upcoming Melbourne Cup Day lunch, as well as hosting free movie screenings at their Woden, Tuggeranong and Jamison clubs during the school holidays.

Potentially the club's most notable facility is the Southern Cross Stadium in Tuggeranong. This stadium was used by the Canberra Capitals to help them win six National Basketball League titles between 1999 and 2009, and also played host to the Capitals' incredible 26-game winning streak between 2005 and 2009. Nowadays the Canberra Roller Derby League uses the stadium, with a double header taking place this very weekend.

Outside their facilities, the club also plays a large role in the community. The club does this by supporting a range of social programs which foster family values and are in keeping with Christian standards. Since opening, the club has contributed over $13 million back to the community, including a total contribution of $1.45 million last year to sporting clubs, social clubs and community groups. These contributions are made through the club's annual community support grant, which provides grants of up to $5,000 to not-for profit organisations that provide welfare and charitable services in Canberra and its surrounding regions.

Finally, I would like to thank the club's board of directors for the great work that they do. They are: the chief executive officer, Ian Mackay; the chief financial officer, Carol Sawyer; the president, John Lewis; the senior vice-president, Simon Plummer; the vice-presidents, Kim Marshall and Bob Lloyd; and the directors, Paul Rollings, Chris Behrens, Mary Laughlin, David Grimmond, Paula Jones, and Jack Rice.

I commend the work of the Canberra Southern Cross Club to the Assembly. For more information on the club, including their upcoming events and the facilities they provide, I encourage all members to visit their website at

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