Page 1830 - Week 06 - Wednesday, 8 June 2022

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MADAM SPEAKER: Members! Honestly.

Mr Parton: I am just praising the minister.

MADAM SPEAKER: Don’t you start, Mr Parton, or you will be on that short-list as well.

Sport—Amaroo tennis centre

MR BRADDOCK: My question is to the Minister for Sport and Recreation. Minister, can you please provide an update on the project to deliver a new tennis centre in the suburb of Amaroo, in my electorate?

MS BERRY: I am very happy to talk about the Labor commitment to invest in a new tennis facility in partnership with Tennis ACT and Tennis Australia. I know it is of interest to all Yerrabi members, including Mr Braddock, Ms Orr and Mr Pettersson. And of course, the project aims to ultimately achieve 10 full-sized courts, hot shot courts, a hitting wall, LED lighting, parking and a pavilion.

This project is a commitment that I know that the Gungahlin community have been waiting for and, in fact, I know that Nick Kyrgios, who was at the announcement for this facility, he is keeping a very close eye on the announcements for this facility and he is definitely holding this government to account for when he gets the chance to take Mr Barr on again, on the tennis courts, once they are created! And as soon as I have more detail to provide to the Assembly on the development and planning of this process, I will be able to provide more information.

MR BRADDOCK: Minister, are you able to provide an estimate as to when the courts might be open for public use?

MS BERRY: Well the planning work has commenced as far as the suitability of the site and the due diligence. But on when the site will open, I do not have that advice at the moment. But once it becomes available, I will definitely provide that.

MR DAVIS: Minister, into the future, how will you ensure the fair, equitable and needs based distribution of funding across all community sports clubs in the ACT?

MS BERRY: Well thank you, Mr Davis, that is a bit of a hypothetical question that I probably cannot look into my crystal ball and assess that. However, of course, announcements are made during the budget process and we will make sure that we are carefully responding to the sports needs in our community.

Knowing that the ACT continues to have the highest sports and recreation participation rates in the country, we know that there are needs across our community, as that participation grows and continues to grow, and in fact, COVID meant that even more people were getting out and participating in sports that they had not before.

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