Page 929 - Week 03 - Thursday, 7 April 2022

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Tuggeranong Valley Rugby Union and Sports Club will upgrade two bowling greens from turf to synthetic and secure a long-term location for lawn bowls in the ACT. There is a significant investment in Canberra Croquet Club for upgrades to the heritage-listed sporting facility, to improve access and amenities to support groups disadvantaged by the current clubhouse design. Muslim Sisters to Action, MustACT, will receive funding to support a closed, culturally sensitive swim program for Muslim women to enjoy casual swimming lessons and hydrotherapy at Aquatots in Gold Creek. A grant to Yarabi Football Club will provide start-up equipment for its new football club in Gungahlin, which is affiliated with Capital Football.

I know that all of the recipients of these grants will utilise this funding to support growth and participation in their own sports and will contribute to what we already know—that Canberra is Australia’s sporting capital.

With that, I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Supplementary answer to question without notice

Arts—federal funding

MS CHEYNE: With regard to Ms Castley’s supplementary question, my response was based on the fact that it did not appear to me immediately to be in order. Given the nature of the question I would seek some advice on that from you, Mr Acting Speaker, or the Clerk in the next sittings. But, given that she was so interested, I have reflected further on it, and I think I can offer an answer. The federal government has in this budget provided $92,500 to performance venues in the ACT, but it is just three venues. I note that that pales in comparison to the 23 venues that our Amp It Up! fund has supported with $790,000, let alone the $500,000 that we have committed in the budget review through a second round of Amp It Up! Honestly, if that is all that Senator Seselja can deliver for the arts in the ACT, we are in dire straits.

Answers to questions on notice

Question No 625

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: This is not so much a matter arising from question time as post-question time the other day. Ms Castley sought to follow up on a question on notice that Mrs Jones had lodged. While I noted that there are issues around the member who asked the question, I thought that, for the information of the chamber and Ms Castley, I would advise that we are in the process of preparing an answer to question 625, which relates to nurses furloughed due to COVID-19.

I did not want to give the impression that we were not going to answer it simply because Mrs Jones was not here. It was just that it has been a difficult one to pull together to try to understand what data is available and the effort that needs to be gone through to collect that data, and whether that is a reasonable use of resources. We will provide an answer to that as quickly as possible.

The other question is a broad one that has been asked across all ministers and again covers a lot of data and a complicated question to answer.

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