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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 13 Hansard (Thursday, 2 December 2021) . . Page.. 4072 ..

rateable properties according to their unimproved land value. Higher land values do not, in and of themselves, lead to an increase in total revenue. Simply, the relative amount of the total capped rates collected each year is redistributed based on the relative movement of unimproved land value between different properties.

MS LEE: Chief Minister, are there any years when land is not valued for rates purposes? If so, how are the rates set?

MR BARR: I perhaps pre-empted Ms Lee’s supplementary question with the answer to the previous question. Land values are, of course, in the context of rates, set on a rolling five-year average. So if there is not a change to the land value, of course, that individual year would constitute one-fifth of the average unimproved land value that is the basis on which that property’s relative share of the total rates collection would be determined.

There is a rolling average; where a land value is assessed to have changed, that would apply in the year in which that change is accredited. But it would only have a one-in-five rolling effect because the previous four years, as well as the current year, would be taken, and then divided by five to give an average unimproved value, which would be the basis of the current year and the previous four. As we move forward each year, one year drops off and the new, current fiscal year comes in, allowing for a rolling five-year average.

Alexander Maconochie Centre—programs

DR PATERSON: My question is to the Minister for Corrections. Minister, can you please provide some information on the AMC indoor rowing program that has recently been nominated for an award?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Dr Paterson for the question and for her continued interest in the welfare of detainees at the AMC. In early 2021, Rowing ACT and ACT Corrective Services came together to introduce a rowing program for detainees at the Alexander Maconochie Centre. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, outdoor water rowing events in the community were moved to indoor rowing machines and online events. The change to indoor online rowing created a unique opportunity for detainees to participate in organised fitness-based competitions from inside the AMC.

Since February, members from Rowing ACT have offered their time to prepare and share their knowledge of rowing with the detainees at the AMC. Participants were given instruction by qualified rowing coaches at an introductory rowing class which started with familiarisation of the indoor rowing machines, safety techniques and the terms used to describe rowing movements.

Not only is the indoor rowing program a great opportunity for the detainees to learn a new skill and improve their physical and mental wellbeing; it provides the detainees with an opportunity to participate in community-based activities and work towards a measurable goal.

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