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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 04 Hansard (Tuesday, 20 April 2021) . . Page.. 912 ..


Funding was provided in the budget to repair the 50-metre pool at Gungahlin Leisure Centre. In June investigations were undertaken to determine the cause of damage which had prevented the facility from opening since its closure due to COVID-19 restrictions. The ACT government has now engaged Kynetic Construction and Management Services, and repair works will begin soon.

Funding for planning and design has been provided for new district playing fields at Stromlo Forest Park, the district playing fields to be delivered in Molonglo. This commitment will see at least two playing fields, floodlighting, a pavilion and parking delivered in this term.

The ACT government is continuing the important program to upgrade facilities across the ACT to be female friendly, to help remove barriers to participation by women and girls in sport. We will also continue to make improvements to community facilities across ACT public schools. In recent years this work has provided an additional 65 to 70 hours per week of community access to these facilities for several sports, including basketball, futsal and roller derby.

The ACT government is committed to making sure that sporting facilities across Canberra support the growth of sports and ensure that there are no barriers to participation.

Debate (on motion by Mr Barr) adjourned to the next sitting.

Adjournment

Motion (by Mr Gentleman) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Health—organ donation

DR PATERSON (Murrumbidgee) (6.28): Every Australian must make a choice about whether to opt into organ donation to help save the lives of others. In 2020 alone, 4,000 Australians benefited from organ donation. One person donating their organs can help up to 50 other people. And it is not only the organ recipient who benefits but also their family and loved ones.

However, throughout Australia there is a lack of organ donors to meet demand. At the end of 2020 there were 12,000 people on dialysis and 1,650 people waiting for an organ donation. Hundreds of people each year die of curable illness because they cannot get the medical treatment they need, due to a lack of donated organs.

In the ACT only 25 per cent of people are registered organ donors, as opposed to the national average of 34 per cent. This problem is exacerbated by the fact that not everyone can donate, even among those who are registered. An organ must be in good condition before it can be donated.


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