Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2022 Week 09 Hansard (Wednesday, 12 October 2022) . . Page.. 2944 ..
a culture of blame, something is going wrong here”, more work will be done. There will be detailed work with staff to sit down and say, “Okay, what is driving this outcome from our culture surveys.” Then more work will be done with those teams.
Sport and recreation—Florey Oval
MS CLAY: In November 2021 the Assembly passed my motion calling on the government to continue to work with the Florey Primary School and the community on commitments to improve Florey Oval to provide more active open space for the school and local community. It is really great to see that that consultation has started, but I have heard from some concerned residents that the consultation was limited to only one-third of the oval. Minister, can you explain to me the decision that you took to only consult on one-third of the oval and how that is going to lead to an integrated and wholistic plan for the whole space?
MS BERRY: I would like to acknowledge and note the work that Tara Cheyne and I have been doing with the Florey community for some time now and Ms Clay’s interest in the Florey Oval more recently since the election. I think it is great that local members are engaged with their local communities to make sure that their amenities meet the needs and the aspirations of their communities.
I said from the start that, with the Florey Oval space, it was a priority for the school to engage around what could be happening in that space to provide the school with more open space and more exercise areas on a dryland oval that was no longer used or fit for purpose for formal sports use. We went to the Florey Primary School and had a conversation with the Florey Primary School about what is happening in their space, and then we engaged with the Florey community more broadly about that piece of the space.
There is more work happening across government within Minister Steele’s area, with TCCS, about dryland ovals and their future use. Sport and Recreation are also doing some work on dryland ovals and which ovals are suitable for future investment for formal sporting use and which of those dryland ovals might be better used for something like a community facility or other kinds of activities, which is what we are talking about with Florey.
At this stage, we are concentrating on the piece of the dryland oval that is directly adjacent to the Florey Primary School. But that will align with the future work that is occurring in the TCCS space as well as within the Sport and Recreation space.
MS CLAY: Minister, which of the directorates have been involved in the consultation so far?
MS BERRY: Education and TCCS primarily, but we are also consulting very closely with the local Aboriginal Ngunnawal community to make sure that any future designs for the space incorporate traditional plants and knowledge to ensure that it is culturally appropriate as well.
MR CAIN: Minister, what are the plans for the rest of that oval if it is not going to be developed for the school’s use?