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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 05 Hansard (Tuesday, 3 May 2011) . . Page.. 1700 ..


and the government and represent, I think, an important ongoing active involvement by the sport and recreation industry in monitoring our implementation of this particular strategy.

The vision is that sport and active recreation in the Canberra region enable an enriched national capital. We support sport and recreation through a united system that connects and promotes the economic and social value of sport and recreation to the health and social wellbeing of our community. The goals are to increase participation in competitive and non-competitive social sport and active recreation activities at all levels, to provide opportunities for achieving excellence in sporting performance and to ensure access to quality and sustainable infrastructure for the delivery of these activities.

The strategic priorities contained within the strategy are to maximise community engagement, to promote the benefits of active sport and recreation, to increase the organisational capacity of sport and recreation organisations, to maximise individual success, to provide for sustainable team performances, to promote Canberra as the national sporting capital and to maximise the supporting infrastructure for sport and recreation.

The values that are drawn from this experience include demonstrated leadership from industry and government; inclusion and access to activities, programs and facilities; that sustainability be at the heart of our sport and recreation policy, environmentally, economically and socially; that we have affordability—particularly keeping participation in active sport and recreation within the reach of everyone in our community—that we are flexible and adept in developing programs and facilities for sport and recreation use and that there be clear communication—regular, appropriate and two-way—between government and industry. Sport and recreation are vital parts of our community and a significant contributor to the ACT economy.

MS PORTER: A supplementary, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Ms Porter.

MS PORTER: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Can the minister provide further details regarding the benefits of sport and active recreation, including major events?

MR BARR: As I was saying in closing before, the sport and recreation sector is of profound economic importance to the ACT. A recent economic contribution study undertaken in 2010 by Access Economics demonstrated that the industry contributes nearly $250 million to the ACT economy. It directly employs nearly 3,000 Canberrans and engages nearly 30,000 volunteers. So the sector has significant value for our economy. In economic terms, it contributes 0.6 of one per cent of the gross territory product, much of which is delivered, as I have just indicated, by volunteer labour.

The government, through this strategy, is committed to the growth of a vibrant, diverse and dynamic sport sector, a national leader in sporting achievement and sports science. We want to see the sector engaging with and impacting on other areas of


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