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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 9 Hansard (22 August) . . Page.. 3434 ..


which will be delivered as part of the shopping centre redevelopment program in this financial year.

The creation of this recreational space was driven by the community and its local representative and I am really thrilled with this outcome. Local students have worked hard to bring their own vibrancy and colour to the park, and I hope everyone who visits Giralang nature play park enjoys the real community feel that has been created.

Clubs—community contributions

MRS DUNNE: My question is to the current Minister for Health and Wellbeing. Minister, licensed clubs are the biggest supporters of community and junior sport in the territory. What research has ACT Health done into the impact of the funding of community sport by ACT licensed clubs on the health and wellbeing of Canberrans?

MS FITZHARRIS: I certainly know that ACT Health works with many partners, and we are leading, in a collaboration between ACT Health and the Chief Minister's department, an extensive piece of work on preventive health and healthy and active living. I have no doubt that under the reforms announced today by the Attorney-General, we will continue that work, and that the community will continue to be actively involved in the health and wellbeing of Canberrans. I foresee there only being an increase in community contributions to groups supporting the health and wellbeing of our community.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, what research has ACT Health done into the impact of funding of junior sports by licensed clubs on reducing the level of childhood obesity in the community?

MS FITZHARRIS: It is the lead directorate for the significant policy framework on preventive health, which is the towards zero growth framework, and the subsequent extensive investment through the healthy weight initiative which has continued, particularly with funding in last year's budget. There is extensive whole-of-government work on support for community sporting groups and community clubs into many measures that we have in place to support the health and wellbeing of our community and also to encourage healthy eating among community groups. I am not aware of research particularly related to how the community contributions impact on that.

MR PARTON: Minister, has ACT Health costed the increase in health promotion grants needed to replace funding from licensed clubs for community sport, should it not be there?

MS FITZHARRIS: As my colleagues have previously answered, I utterly reject the premise of that question, but I am delighted to continue to see health promotion grants and health innovation grants being awarded in our community, and some excellent proposals coming forward. I believe the health innovation grants are out as we speak, and the health promotion grants were announced just a few months ago. We will continue to strongly support health promotion grants in our community.


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