Page 1477 - Week 05 - Wednesday, 1 June 2022

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Sport—community wellbeing

MR DAVIS: My question is to the Minister for Sport and Recreation. Minister, one element of my resolution that this Assembly passed in April last year which I am most excited to see come to fruition is the development of a new 10-year strategic plan for sports and recreation, which is due mid year. Could the minister please update us on the consultation process for that strategic plan?

MS BERRY: I thank Mr Davis for the question. Members will know that in the ACT there was a 10-year strategic plan for sport, which finished in 2020. Unfortunately, there were a number of factors—environmental factors and the international health pandemic—that impacted on the development of a strategic plan. However, when I met with the sporting organisations at the end of the 2019-20 year, when we were in the middle of a bushfire season, it was our commitment together to work on a strategic plan. Of course, COVID-19 did put a pause on that.

We were able to begin the work on the development of a sports strategic plan. The consultation has continued with the development of that. Kinetica Group was engaged to develop a strategy in consultation with sports communities and a range of other stakeholders—the ACT Youth Advisory Council, the LGBTIQ community representatives, Outdoors NSW & ACT and disability organisations, to name a few. It is intended that the sports strategic plan will be released in the second half of this year.

MR DAVIS: Minister there were a few groups that you outlined that you are consulting with. Would you be willing to table a full list of the community groups and sporting groups that the government intends to consult with?

MS BERRY: Yes, of course I can do that.

MR BRADDOCK: I have a supplementary question. Minister, how closely does the ACT government’s upcoming strategic plan refer to the strategic plans for individual sports?

MS BERRY: Each sport generally has its own strategic plan and the advice from the Kinetica Group is about making sure that the strategic plan is an overview of sport and recreation across the ACT rather than the individual plans of each sporting organisation.


MS CASTLEY: My question is to the health minister. Minister, you have ruled out free flu vaccinations for Canberrans, apart from some priority groups like older people, in contrast to free flu shots being offered in every other jurisdiction. You have said that it is fine for Canberrans to cross the border to New South Wales to get free flu shots and that cost is not a barrier for most Canberrans. Minister, did you check with the New South Wales health minister that it was fine for Canberrans to get free flu shots in their state?

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