Page 1003 - Week 04 - Tuesday, 15 March 2005

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MR HARGREAVES: Unlike Mr Pratt, the community and I have complete faith in our policing services.

Women’s sport

MS MacDONALD: Mr Speaker, my question is to the minister for sport and recreation, Mr Quinlan. Minister, the women’s sport and recreation grants program was announced today. Could you please inform the Assembly of the successful recipients of the 2005 women’s grants?

MR QUINLAN: Thank you, Ms MacDonald, for the question. It has been my pleasure to announce $61,350 in funding for 23 local sport and recreation organisations, successful recipients of assistance from Sport and Recreation ACT’s 2005 women’s grants program. The funding is about creating greater opportunities and encouragement for women to participate in sport and physical activity. Women’s participation opportunities are a key priority of our sports policy.

Funding also aims to contribute to the development of women in leadership positions within the sport and recreation industry, particularly in administration, officiating and coaching. For individual sportswomen and women’s sporting teams for recognition and media coverage, funding and sponsorship can be a battle. This program, now in its third year, continues our commitment to redressing a clear imbalance.

A total of 29 applications were received from a wide variety of sporting, recreation and community groups, with 23 of these projects earmarked for funding following a detailed assessment process being carried out. Recipients of funding from the 2005 women’s grants program include:

$5,000 to the YMCA of Canberra for women’s “living large and active” program, designed to assist large women to become physically active in a safe and supportive environment;

$1,500 to Brindabella Callisthenics College to develop a program for young coaches;

$5,000 to the Community Programs Association to educate female staff members, who provide support to people with a disability, in swimming programs;

$2,000 to Orienteering ACT for the establishment of a women’s orienteering series.

Our commitment to women’s sport also extends to the national teams such as the Capitals, Eclipse and Strikers who, I have to say, under previous governments were treated as second-class citizens. We have assisted those teams to participate at a national level and we rank them along with the men’s teams, where they were not ranked under a previous government. Individual women and women’s teams have brought great success and credit to the ACT. They deserve our support and are getting our support. They deserved our support before we came to government and they did not get it.

Classical music grants

MS PORTER: My question is directed to the Chief Minister. Is the Chief Minister aware of the media reports that Canberra’s classical music scene is to receive an influx of

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