Page 3756 - Week 12 - Wednesday, 23 October 2013

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facility to a synthetic athletics track is being progressed, and a construction tender will be announced shortly.

I am sure you are very pleased, Mr Assistant Speaker, that the Bonython oval has been restored this year. Restoration work for Watson and Weetangera ovals will take place during 2014-15.

Turning to the government’s support for local sporting clubs, the sports and recreation grants program provides financial support to help local sport and recreation organisations to increase participation and develop their capacity.

The 2013 budget provides more than $2.3 million towards a wide range of projects, including $165,000 to Hockey ACT for the resurfacing of the Powell field at the Lyneham hockey centre; $7,000 to the Canberra pistol club to complete the pistol range restoration; $56,000 to the Canberra Rifle Club for the installation of an electronic target system; $24,000 to the O’Connor Tennis Club for upgrading of the clubhouse and environs; and $27,500 to the Pines Tennis Club at Chisholm for the upgrade of two courts. There is $2.1 million towards the completion of the new Tuggeranong indoor multi-sport community hall at Greenway; the facility caters for a range of sports, including indoor archery, floorball, fencing, trampolining and table tennis. There is $19,000 for the Southern Canberra Gymnastics Club for new parallel bars and safety matting; and there is $20,000 for the Black Mountain Rowing Club to install, in partnership with the National Capital Authority, a new launch pontoon.

Upgrades to ACT government aquatic facilities include $300,000 towards the separation of the filtration systems for the toddler and main pools at Manuka; $60,000 towards the repainting of the 50-metre and toddler pools at Civic; and $200,000 worth of electrical works across Manuka, Dickson, Tuggeranong and Civic pools.

The projects and funding I have mentioned are just a snapshot of the sorts of projects that the government funds each year through this grants program. We remain committed to continuing to provide the best possible sport and recreation facilities for all Canberrans.

I would like to take the opportunity to thank Ms Porter again for bringing this motion forward and to congratulate the staff of Sport and Recreation Services for excellent results. It is thanks to their hard work and their commitment to high-quality sports facilities that the satisfaction of participants is so high. I know firsthand, having been minister for seven years, how hard the sport and recreation team work. It is fantastic to see them get the recognition they deserve this afternoon in the Assembly. I commend the motion to the Assembly.

MR WALL (Brindabella) (5.46): I would like to congratulate the government on these survey figures. It never ceases to amaze me how this government manages to produce survey after survey of favourable figures when it certainly does not reflect the feedback and the comments that I get from my constituents from the Tuggeranong area on a regular basis.

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