Page 4903 - Week 13 - Wednesday, 11 November 2009

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precinct, to construct and enclose a sporting facility in Gungahlin and for the development of a basketball centre of excellence in Bruce.

Although this government have a demonstrated record in providing for high-quality sporting facilities, the current financial context requires that we consider resource-friendly initiatives if we are to further develop sports facilities available to all people in Canberra. The current environment is conducive to policy initiatives that can capitalise on existing and emerging sports facilities and the human resources that we have in the ACT.

We are reaching an important moment in our nation’s narrative on sport. This government is determined to make a positive contribution through a balanced approach to sports-related policy. I look forward to continuing my discussions about these policies with the minister, the sporting community and the wider community—as I have up to this point. I look forward to having these further discussions and I ask fellow members for their support for this motion.

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


Motion (by Mr Barr) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

World Osteoporosis Day

MR COE (Ginninderra) (6.40): Last month I was very pleased to host an event here at the Legislative Assembly to mark World Osteoporosis Day, Tuesday, 20 October 2009. World Osteoporosis Day is about raising awareness for the better prevention and treatment of osteoporosis.

Locally, Arthritis ACT, incorporating Osteoporosis ACT, is a non-profit organisation that assists people in the ACT suffering from arthritis, osteoporosis and related conditions. It is an organisation that relies on the support of volunteers and donations.

I was pleased to be joined by other Assembly champions of Arthritis ACT: Greens MLA Amanda Bresnan and Labor MLA Joy Burch. As Assembly champions, we hope to raise the profile of Arthritis ACT and the great work done in the Canberra community for sufferers of arthritis, osteoporosis and other related diseases.

The President of Arthritis ACT is a former member of the Legislative Assembly, Mr Bill Wood. Bill is a widely respected former member and has kindly volunteered his time in his retirement in support of this important organisation. Arthritis ACT benefits from Bill’s experiences in public life, and I would like to place on the record my appreciation for the role he continues to play in the community. I would also like to extend my thanks to Ms Anna Hackett, the vice-president; Ms Kristine Riethmiller, the secretary; Mr Andrew Fleming, the Treasurer; and other members of the board, including Ms Helen Cody, Dr David Graham, Ms Helen Tyrrell and Mr Tony Holland.

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