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Thursday, 26 October 2023

MADAM SPEAKER (Ms Burch) (10.00): Members:

Dhawura nguna, dhawura Ngunnawal.

Yanggu ngalawiri, dhunimanyin Ngunnawalwari dhawurawari.

Nginggada Dindi dhawura Ngunnaawalbun yindjumaralidjinyin.

The words I have just spoken are in the language of the traditional custodians and translate to:

This is Ngunnawal Country.

Today we are gathering on Ngunnawal country.

We always pay respect to Elders, female and male, and Ngunnawal country.

Members, I ask you to stand in silence and pray or reflect on our responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

The Clerk has reminded me today that, effective from now, I am the longest-serving Speaker in the ACT’s history. I have just managed to clip my predecessor, former Speaker Mr Wayne Berry. You can give him the good news for me, Ms Berry.

Swimming pools—access

Ministerial statement

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) (10.02): Madam Speaker, congratulations on surviving!

On 12 October 2022, the Legislative Assembly passed a resolution regarding inclusive access to swimming facilities. The ACT government is committed to ensuring that everyone can access ACT government owned pools in a safe way, and will continue to improve accessibility and inclusivity at our pools, engaging with the community on the best way to achieve these outcomes.

The ACT government has taken nation-leading steps to ensure inclusivity through the Human Rights Act. This has included the installation of an accessible ramp at the five-metre pool at Dickson pool, and work is currently underway at Manuka pool to provide compliant access for people with disabilities. The ACT government is also investing significantly in upgrading our pool facilities to ensure that they cater for the diverse needs of the Canberra community.

The ACT government funded $8.5 million in the 2022-23 budget for the design and construction of the new south-side hydrotherapy pool at the Tuggeranong Lakeside Leisure Centre. The University of Canberra Hospital hydrotherapy pool has continued


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