Page 1282 - Week 04 - Thursday, 17 March 2005

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(1) In how many suburbs across Canberra has the Good Sports Territory program been rolled-out;

(2) How many local sports organisations are participating in the program;

(3) How is the program being promoted in the general community;

(4) Is the program being promoted through the National League Teams; if so, how; if not, why not;

(5) How is the program being promoted through ACT sporting venues;

(6) How has information about the program been distributed through existing school sporting networks;

(7) What impact has the program had so far on reduction of ugly parent syndrome and inappropriate behaviour at junior sports events and how is any reduction being measured.

Mr Quinlan: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) The Good Sports Territory (GST) program is a Canberra wide program targeting all ACT suburbs.

(2) A total of 35 state sporting organisations have pledged their support to the GST program. A full list of organisations can be found at

(3) The GST program targets the behaviour of participants, spectators, coaches and officials in sporting venues across the ACT. As a result, the promotion of the GST logo and value statements has been targeted at state sporting organisations, clubs and associations.

(4) As a condition of funding, teams funded through the National League Teams Program are required to promote the GST message. Promotional strategies have been negotiated on an individual team basis to maximise potential exposure of the GST. Venue signage (temporary and permanent) has appeared at home games for the Canberra Comets, Capitals, Dolphins, Eclipse, and Heat, and at the first match of the Brumbies Super 12 season. The GST logo can also be seen on the new Canberra Raiders billboard at ACTEW AGL Park (corner of Haydon Drive & Battye Street, Bruce). Where possible, the playing and/or training uniforms of the ACT’s national league teams have also been branded with the GST logo.

(5) Sport and Recreation ACT is currently working with members of the program to develop strategies for the promotion of the GST message in sporting venues across the ACT. Relevant educational material has been distributed to sports in addition to resources for the branding of websites, newsletters, competition programs etc. Permanent venue signage displaying the GST logo and value statements will soon be visible at a number of major sporting grounds in the ACT.

(6) Information regarding the GST program has been distributed to all ACT primary school sports coordinators. Schools have been encouraged to promote the GST message in newsletters and to display posters and flyers in high traffic areas of the school. Future promotions may include the branding of tournaments hosted in the ACT as official GST events.

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