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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 13 Hansard (17 November) . .

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The value of the local economic benefits of the first wind auction have been valued in excess of $250 million to the local economy. The success of the first wind auction continues to move the ACT towards meeting its renewable energy targets and demonstrates the territory's continued leadership on climate change and renewable energy. I commend the paper to the Assembly.

Papers

Ms Burch presented the following papers:

Education and Care Services Ombudsman, National Education and Care Services Freedom of Information and Privacy Commissioners—Annual report—1 July 2014 to 30 June 2015.

Official Visitor Act, pursuant to section 17—Annual Report 2014-15—Official Visitor for Disability Services.

Public Accounts—Standing Committee

Report 18—government response

MS BURCH (Brindabella—Minister for Education and Training, Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Minister for Disability, Minister for Racing and Gaming and Minister for the Arts) (3.42): For the information of members I present the following paper :

Public Accounts—Standing Committee—Report 18—Inquiry into elements impacting on the future of the ACT clubs sector—Government response.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

I want to thank members of the standing committee for their report, along with the individuals and organisations who took the time to make submissions or appear as witnesses at the public hearings. Community clubs play an important role in the life of the territory. We have all supported the many club-sponsored teams on a Saturday morning or have visited our local clubs through the year. However, our clubs are so much more than just a place to watch sport or to go for a meal. Clubs create communities, as was demonstrated by the 85 or so letters received by the committee detailing the support that clubs provide to local choirs, swimming clubs, charitable organisations and a range of other community groups.

The government has always recognised the unique and valuable roles that community clubs play in Canberra. That is why securing the long-term financial viability of the club sector is indeed important. The government supports the efforts that community clubs are making to diversify their business models away from reliance on gaming revenue.


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