Page 5033 - Week 12 - Wednesday, 26 October 2011

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proximity to other community facilities. Both organisations have undertaken user requirement planning or architectural scoping to define their needs. A range of alternative sites have been considered in conversation with the two organisations.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Coe, a supplementary.

MR COE: Minister, will progress with these clubs be quicker than the Tuggeranong seniors club where progress was compared to the gestation period of an elephant?

MS BURCH: I look forward to inviting Mr Coe to the opening of the Tuggeranong 55 Plus Club next month.

ACT seniors card

MRS DUNNE: Minister, what is the progress in having the ACT seniors card recognised by other states and territories?

MS BURCHE: I thank Mrs Dunne for her question. In December 2008 former Chief Minister Jon Stanhope signed a national partnership agreement whereby the ACT agreed to participate in a national reciprocal public transport concession scheme for senior cardholders, which has been operating successfully in all jurisdictions since that time.

Each state and territory encourages participating businesses and partners to offer discounts to senior cardholders from other Australian jurisdictions. This national recognition is indicated in various senior card business directories by a map of the Australian symbol. In the current ACT seniors card directory, 2011-13, those participating ACT businesses have agreed to recognise the seniors cards of other Australian jurisdictions.

MR SPEAKER: Mrs Dunne, a supplementary.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, can you clarify whether Canberra seniors cards are recognised interstate? What are you doing to ensure that seniors cards are recognised in the Canberra region?

MS BURCH: The national seniors card reciprocal public transport concession has been made possible by, for example, the government entering into an agreement with the New Zealand government to mutually promote our seniors card to private businesses. It may not necessarily be in the region but I am sure our Canberrans that visit the sunny climes of New Zealand will support that.

Tuggeranong seniors centre

MR HARGREAVES: Could the Minister provide details regarding progress with the development of the new Tuggeranong seniors centre, other than inviting Mr Coe to the opening?

MS BURCH: I do thank Mr Hargreaves for his question. I know that the construction of this centre is certainly a matter very close to Mr Hargreaves’s heart. I acknowledge his role in initiating this project. The new Tuggeranong seniors centre, which has been a commitment of this government, overlooks the Tuggeranong lake. It sits between the

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