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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 05 Hansard (Tuesday, 4 May 2010) . . Page.. 1704 ..


Facilities at the internationally significant Jerrabomberra Wetlands are also being upgraded with $2.3 million over three years. Weed control measures at the Jerrabomberra Wetlands are also supported with $200,000.

Stormwater harvesting projects on Ginninderra Creek at Gungahlin and at Molonglo, with $11.5 million, will assist in improving management of water resources and run off.

A Wood Heater Survey and Educational Awareness Campaign is being funded with $100,000, and will encourage people to use less polluting systems.

Tourism, Culture and Sport

Canberra is a diverse and vibrant community with world class festivals, cultural experiences and sporting facilities. In this Budget we are investing in a range of activities, facilities and programs to further promote the arts, sporting and cultural life of our growing city.

These include more than $22.6 million for the National Arboretum Canberra to develop visitor facilities and additional forest plantings with a particular focus on the planned Centenary of Canberra celebrations in 2013.

In addition $1.9 million over four years will be invested to support Floriade and the continuation of the NightFest, which has attracted over 46,000 visitors since its inception two years ago, and upgrades to the Canberra Theatre Centre, the Street Theatre and Watson Arts Centre.

To help celebrate the Centenary of Canberra, $100,000 is provided to commission an Australian composer to write music for the Canberra Symphony Orchestra.

Canberra is an active city, with high levels of participation in sport and recreation. This Budget invests a further $6.5 million over four years for complementary infrastructure work at the Gungahlin Wellbeing Precinct.

A number of sporting facilities are also being upgraded including the Lyneham Precinct, the Canberra Stadium, Manuka Oval, and Narrabundah Ball Park and funding is provided for design for the Belconnen Skate Park, Gungahlin Leisure Centre and Throsby Multisport Complex.

Conclusion

Mr Speaker, this Government has an excellent record of strong financial management and has delivered a sustainable budget—financially, socially and environmentally—that will support our growing city and meet our community’s needs.

We are working hard at supporting economic activity in our city. We are investing in our growing city in an orderly and sustainable manner. Across all portfolios we are delivering valuable community assets to help drive our economy, support jobs and prepare our city for the future.


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