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Crossing and the Brindabella Road, to name but a few. Little if any work has been undertaken on these roads and absolutely no progress has made with the sealing of these roads, which are still dirt.
It is also no secret that our local sports clubs are paying a substantial amount of money for the privilege to use sports and recreational ovals around town. However, often few or poor quality facilities are provided when compared to other jurisdictions. It is reasonable, however, to expect that change rooms have functioning facilities and that a reasonable level of seating is provided for spectators at the grounds. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. It also worth mentioning that there is often quite a large amount of confusion within the community as to who is exactly responsible for the maintenance and the upkeep of sports and recreational grounds—whether it falls within the purview of TAMS or whether it is a sports and recreation issue. That misunderstanding and uncertainty continues today.
In conclusion, I will send a quick message to the minister that I will continue to lobby him and his Labor colleagues for better municipal services for residents in Tuggeranong and the south Woden area over the coming financial years.
MS BURCH (Brindabella—Minister for Education and Training, Minister for Disability, Children and Young People, Minister for the Arts, Minister for Women, Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Minister for Racing and Gaming) (5.57): I will speak very briefly before the hour of 6 o’clock. I thank Mr Wall, in particular, for bringing to our attention the local look and feel and amenity of the city. I ask Mr Wall to perhaps go to the party room and ask the Canberra Liberals to finally remove the Audrey Ray signs that are stuck on signage across the electorate of Brindabella. You can see them as you move in and out of Chisholm shops. I defy you to say you do not know that they are there—they have been there since 2008. I am not quite sure if the signage is in breach of any code or law—and I will check with the relevant minister—but it is a shame that TAMS will have to put effort in to tidy up after the Canberra Liberals. Perhaps, Mr Wall, in your effort to keep our city clean, you may get to it and have the party do that themselves.
Proposed expenditure agreed to.
Proposed expenditure—Part 1.17—ACT Gambling and Racing Commission—$4,451,000 (net cost of outputs), totalling $4,451,000.
At 6 pm, in accordance with standing order 34, the debate was interrupted. The motion for the adjournment of the Assembly having been put and negatived, the debate was resumed.
Sitting suspended from 6 to 7.30 pm.
MS BURCH (Brindabella—Minister for Education and Training, Minister for Disability, Children and Young People, Minister for the Arts, Minister for Women, Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Minister for Racing and Gaming): Madam Speaker, can I make a statement under standing order 46, please?