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those riding two-wheeled vehicles including motorcycles and bicycles, and of course for pedestrians as well.
So we are talking about a government that has handed down another budget that sees a complete lack of respect for the Canberra community, all the way from basic local services through to the critical services that the Canberra community need. We know that this is not tenable. This is not sustainable and it will be our children and their children that will pay the price.
MS BERRY (Ginninderra—Deputy Chief Minister, Minister for Early Childhood Development, Minister for Education and Youth Affairs, Minister for Housing and Suburban Development, Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, Minister for Sport and Recreation and Minister for Women) (10.18): I am here today to talk on the appropriation bill in regard to CMTEDD, in my portfolio responsibilities as Minister for Sport and Recreation. This year’s budget funds several new initiatives and projects to continue our support of, and the development and growth of, sport and recreation in the ACT.
The ACT continues to have the highest participation rates in the country. The ACT continues its work to provide and support our sporting communities to ensure that they can continue to grow and thrive. Through this funding we have committed to in this year’s budget, Canberrans will soon have access to an additional tennis facility in the Gungahlin region. The brand new tennis centre will be located in Amaroo. This $9.4 million facility is part of the ACT government’s plan to continue its support of a growing Gungahlin region.
Delivering needed sporting infrastructure to the local community is important for the broader community as well. The new Gungahlin tennis facility will include 10 full-size courts, two hotshot courts, a hitting wall, LED lighting, parking, as well as a pavilion. Consultation on the design for the new facility has concluded, with the feedback incorporated into the design of the project. I know Canberrans will be warming up for the chance to have a hit on the new courts once this facility is complete.
In terms of our aquatic facilities, over the next four years the ACT government will also begin scoping works for future upgrades to the Dickson and Manuka pools. This includes refurbishing of the toddler pool at Manuka, for families to enjoy in the summer months, as well as recent examples which have been seen at Dickson Aquatic Centre, with the inclusion of an accessibility ramp which will allow for easier ingress and egress from the pool for those with mobility impairment.
In addition, the ACT government will provide $1.8 million over three years to support six local organisations to encourage more children and young people to get active and stay healthy. Providing these grants supports vulnerable and disadvantaged children to have the chance to participate in sport and recreational activities that improve their physical wellbeing, as well as their health and social skills.
This funding includes: $600,000 for the Physical Activity Foundation to continue to deliver a range of programs that promote physical activity among children and their families, focusing on vulnerable girls and young women; $300,000 for the Heart