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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 10 Hansard (18 September) . . Page.. 3634 ..


2. Provide an app or website for locating fully fenced play spaces.

Clubs community contributions scheme—petition 15-18

By Mr Parton, from 1,225 residents:

To the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory

The following residents of the ACT draw to the attention of the Assembly that:

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ACT clubs must give at least 8 per cent of net gaming machine revenue as community contributions;

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last year clubs gave $11.9 million (12.6 per cent of net revenue);

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clubs currently have discretion to direct contributions towards their established purposes and their members' priorities;

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this scheme funds more than 1,000 community groups, including junior sports and local charities;

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an ACT Government options paper has proposed that all or some of these contributions be diverted to a centrally administered fund;

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Chief Minister Andrew Barr and ACT Greens leader Shane Rattenbury have both spoken in favour of this proposal; and

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we oppose diverting any funds from the community contributions scheme into a centrally administered fund, including the Chief Minister's Charitable fund.

Your petitioners, therefore, request the Assembly to call upon the ACT Government to:

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engage in a comprehensive consultation on this proposal with all stakeholders, including clubs, junior sporting teams, charities and community groups;

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commission a report into the social value of the ACT's clubs and the community groups that they currently support, similar to Latrobe University's 'Value of a Community Football Club' report; and

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provide to all stakeholders and the public a thorough economic analysis of diverting any portion of community contributions to a centrally administered fund, including impacts on current recipients of community contributions and the overhead costs associated with the operation of a centrally administered fund.

Pursuant to standing order 99A, the petition, having more than 500 signatories, was referred to the Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety.

The Clerk having announced that the terms of the petitions would be recorded in Hansard and referred to the appropriate ministers for response pursuant to standing order 100, the petitions were received.

Fenced play spaces—petition 14-18

MS LE COUTEUR (Murrumbidgee) (10.02), by leave: I have presented this petition as it is an important part of the bigger picture of play spaces in the ACT. It is talking


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