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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 01 Hansard (Tuesday, 13 December 2016) . . Page.. 62 ..

The government also supports the Connect and Participate Expo, or the CAP expo, a free community event showcasing a range of opportunities available for Canberrans of all abilities and ages to join groups and build social connections around common interests. This is an opportunity for people with and without disability to come together to try activities they may enjoy.

Gungahlin—sporting facilities

MR MILLIGAN: My question is to the Minister for Sport and Recreation. In light of the widespread community support for the building of an indoor sports centre for Gungahlin, I am aware that the government previously committed to undertake a feasibility study into the construction of an indoor sports centre in Gungahlin. Minister, can you please advise me when the feasibility study will be undertaken?

MS BERRY: I thank Mr Milligan for his question. The feasibility study is being conducted in both Gungahlin and Woden, to check to see what indoor facilities are available in those areas. The study is underway. I will let you know as soon as we have a completion date for that study.

In the meantime it is important to check the work that Education has been doing around the availability of using education spaces for sporting and community clubs, as well as community and multicultural groups. In Education we have been looking at school facilities that are not used during school hours and at how sporting clubs might be able to access them. An example of where that has been successful is, for a very small amount of money, changing the access pin to a sporting centre at Alfred Deakin school, when Woden Dodgers basketball club were displaced. They now have a space for their home clubhouse at Alfred Deakin school. We will have a look at all the other schools. There is a working group set up with sport and rec, Education, and the Community Services Directorate to see where the gaps are and how we can facilitate turning our education facilities into sporting and community hubs.

MR MILLIGAN: Will there be community consultations, and if so, has a time frame been set for the establishment of an indoor sporting centre for Gungahlin?

MS BERRY: Yes. We are scoping the feasibility study at the moment, and of course there will be community consultation starting in the new year.

MR COE: Minister, what will be the components of the feasibility study?

MS BERRY: I refer the member to my previous answer.

Canberra Hospital—bed occupancy rates

MRS KIKKERT: My question is to the Minister for Health. Minister, an article titled “Hospital bed occupancy: more than queuing for a bed”, published in 2010 by the Medical Journal of Australia, says:

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