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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 10 Hansard (17 October) . . Page.. 3174..


MR CORBELL (continuing):

commonwealth law that applies in the territory. It treats ACT judges the same as Federal Court judges in relation to superannuation entitlements. This bill will provide certainty and independent determination of judicial remuneration and superannuation entitlements. It is therefore an important plank of judicial independence. I thank members for their support of this bill.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

Adjournment

Motion (by Mr Corbell ) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Gungahlin United Football Club

MR SESELJA (Molonglo) (5.14): On 23 September this year I attended the seniors presentation night for the Gungahlin United Football Club. I would like to take this opportunity to thank particularly Chris Granger and Victor Hughes from the club for their hospitality on the night. I want to take the opportunity to say a few words about the club.

The Gungahlin United Football Club is a community-based soccer club which was formed in 1997. The club's primary goal is to develop soccer in the Gungahlin area for boys and girls as well as men and women of all ages, whilst providing people with the opportunity to enjoy sport in a safe and friendly environment. As a secondary component of this commitment, the club offers highly talented players a pathway by which they can develop a professional career if they so desire. GUFC is a registered not-for-profit-business. It has a dedicated and talented group of volunteers who ensure high standards of technical coaching and club administration. The club fosters a collegiate approach to decision-making and administrative processes, guaranteeing openness and accountability to stakeholders.

For season 2006, GUFC has 91 teams with 935 registered players, including 835 junior players. Conservative estimates put growth at approximately 20 per cent per year. This is expected to continue for the short to medium term. Club growth will be affected by the facilities available. In this light, the club is looking to cap participation numbers in 2007, which is unfortunate. The lack of infrastructure provided to the club by way of ovals and other suitable facilities is very disappointing, given the obvious growth rates of both the club and the Gungahlin community at large.

The club has various programs available that cater specifically to the different ages of players. The peewee program runs on Saturday mornings throughout the season. It is a non-competitive introduction to football, or soccer, for children often playing for the first time. Teams of four or five are formed each Saturday to play a small game with no goalkeepers. The teams are not based on any particular criteria and may be mixed from one week to the next. Roo ball is also non-competitive. Under-six teams play in a round-robin series of games with the club. Under-seven to under-nine teams play in a


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