Page 3599 - Week 12 - Tuesday, 22 October 2013

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Sport—Tuggeranong facilities

MR WALL: My question is to the Minister for Sport and Recreation. Minister, the Tuggeranong indoor multi-use facility located in Greenway was completed and ready for use in April this year. One of the user groups promised use of space at this facility was the Tuggeranong Men’s Shed. Minister, would you explain why, six months on, the Tuggeranong Men’s Shed is still not able to make use of the space allocated to it at this facility?

MR BARR: The government is, of course, very pleased to have invested in this facility and ensured that a large number of community organisations and sporting groups are able to access the facility. In terms of the access to the men’s shed component, I will need to seek some advice in relation to the commissioning phase of the construction work, but I think that it is important to note that it is this government that made the commitment to the facility, this government that has funded the commitment, this government that has seen the project through. I look forward to a wide variety of user groups, community members, being able to utilise the facility. It is a fantastic investment in the Tuggeranong town centre and one that only a Labor government would make.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Wall.

MR WALL: Minister, what communication has been undertaken with members of the Tuggeranong Men’s Shed since April this year about their use of the facility?

MR BARR: I will just seek some clarification from the member. Communications with me? Communications with those who operate the facility? He needs to be a little clearer about it. I do not know; there could be many things that have been said that I am not aware of.

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Wall, would you like to clarify that?

MR WALL: Just to clarify, Madam Speaker: any communication between the minister or the directorate with regard to them accessing the facility.

MR BARR: With me personally, none. I will check with my office and I will check with the directorate.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Minister, when will the Tuggeranong Men’s Shed be able to use the space allocated to them in this facility?

MR BARR: As soon as possible.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Gentleman.

MR GENTLEMAN: Minister, what is the benefit to the Tuggeranong community of construction of such facilities?

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