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Wednesday, 1 December 2021

MADAM SPEAKER (Ms Burch) (10.00): Members:

Dhawura nguna, dhawura Ngunnawal.

Yanggu ngalawiri, dhunimanyin Ngunnawalwari dhawurawari.

Nginggada Dindi dhawura Ngunnaawalbun yindjumaralidjinyin.

The words I have just spoken are in the language of the traditional custodians and translate to:

This is Ngunnawal country.

Today we are gathering on Ngunnawal country.

We always pay respect to Elders, female and male, and Ngunnawal country.

Members, I ask you to stand in silence and pray or reflect on our responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.


The following petition was lodged for presentation:

Woden—indoor sports facilities—petition 48-21

By Ms Davidson, from 694 residents:

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

This petition of residents of the Australian Capital Territory draws to the attention of the Assembly that the ACT’s increasing population has a severe shortage of indoor sports facilities (exacerbated by the closure of Woden’s basketball stadium) leading to teams turning players away.

Recreation facilities provide many benefits to communities by bringing people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds together to socialise and keep fit. In addition to the physical and mental health outcomes, they can inspire and motivate people while fostering community pride.

A centrally located facility in Woden is accessible by public transport and would attract people to the centre to connect to the community and support small business in the area.

Your petitioners therefore request the Assembly to:

build and own a multi-purpose indoor sports stadium in the Woden Town Centre that can be hired at a reasonable cost by local community sports groups.

The Clerk having announced that the terms of the petition would be recorded in Hansard and a copy referred to the appropriate minister for response pursuant to standing order 100, the petition was received.

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