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Garran Primary School - In the 2021-22 ACT Budget, funding was allocated to prepare to modernise Garran Primary School. The redeveloped school is expected to be ready in 2024-25 and will include a single court gymnasium which will be available for community use outside of school hours.

Further funding was also allocated in the 2021-22 ACT Budget for master planning and forward design works for new and expanded school capacity in the Molonglo and Woden area. Typically, new and expanded schools are master planned to include a gymnasium with up to two indoor courts dependent upon budget funding. As a result of this work, it is anticipated additional indoor courts will be provided at new and refurbished ACT Government schools in Woden and the surrounding area in the coming years.

Installation of adjustable height basketball rings at Melrose High School to support training for junior basketball teams.

The ACT Government does not own dedicated indoor sport court facilities, however there are dedicated indoor facilities under private ownership in the ACT. Alongside the initiatives outlined above, the private sector will continue to play an important role in providing indoor sport court facilities across the ACT.

Thank you for the opportunity to respond to this matter.

ACT Policing—Coombs and Wright—petition 45-21

By Mr Gentleman, Minister for Police and Emergency Services, dated 8 February 2022, in response to a petition lodged by Mrs Jones on 11 November 2021 concerning the convenience store in Coombs.

The response read as follows:

Dear Mr Duncan

Thank you for your letter of 11 November 2021 regarding petition number 45-21, lodged by Ms Giulia Jones MLA on behalf of the petitioners regarding crime prevention at the Ajijo Grocery and Convenience Store in Coombs. This letter is my response, pursuant to Standing Order 100.

The ACT Government notes the petitioners’ concerns regarding:

Visible and regular police presence in the vicinity of the Ajijo Grocery and Convenience Store

ACT Policing’s highest priority is always the safety and security of the community and its workforce.

When discussing crime in the ACT, it is important to remember the advice from successive Chief Police Officers that Canberra is a very safe city – one of the safest in Australia. The ACT Government continues to work with and invest in ACT Policing to ensure that incidents of crime remain low and that they are

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