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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 03 Hansard (Tuesday, 30 March 2021) . . Page.. 549 ..

Planning—Kippax group centre—petition 8-21

By Mrs Kikkert, from 781 residents:

To the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory

This petition of certain residents of the Australian Capital Territory draws to the attention of the Assembly that:

the Kippax Group Centre needs to expand urgently to accommodate the needs of the growing West Belconnen community.

Your petitioners, therefore, request the Assembly to call upon the ACT Government to do everything within its powers to facilitate the existing owners of Kippax Fair to undertake the centre expansion as soon as possible in accordance with the approved Master Plan.

Pursuant to standing order 99A, the petition, having more than 500 signatories, was referred to the Standing Committee on Planning, Transport and City Services.

The Clerk having announced that the terms of the petitions would be recorded in Hansard and referred to the appropriate ministers for response pursuant to standing order 100, the petitions were received.

Ministerial responses

The following responses to petitions have been lodged:

Sport—Thoroughbred Park funding—petition 24-20

By Mr Steel, Special Minister of State, dated 17 February 2021, in response to a petition lodged by Ms Clay on 2 December 2020 concerning public funding of Thoroughbred Park.

The response read as follows:

Dear Mr Duncan

Thank you for your letter of 2 December 2020 regarding petition number 24-20, lodged by Ms Jo Clay MLA on behalf of Ms Ilnaz Roomiani and received by the Assembly on the same date, regarding ACT Government funding for the Thoroughbred racing industry. This letter is my response, pursuant to Standing Order 100.

The ACT Government notes the petitioners’ concerns regarding funding for the local horse racing industry.

In July 2017, the ACT Government entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Canberra Racing Club and Canberra Harness Racing Club, under which the Government agreed to provide funding to the Racing Clubs of approximately $7.5 million per annum until 30 June 2022.

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