Page 4290 - Week 14 - Wednesday, 27 November 2013

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This includes a new swimming pool and leisure centre and the Gungahlin enclosed oval to serve the recreation needs of the district, and a new cinema complex to give local residents more entertainment options.

The construction of the Gungahlin leisure centre is progressing well and is about 80 per cent complete. Work underway includes the exterior of the building, which is approaching completion, with the northern glass walls the main component remaining for construction. Detailed work is currently underway on the external roof and wall cladding. Tiling of both the 50 and 25-metre pools is well advanced.

The playing surface stage of the works at the Gungahlin enclosed oval is now complete, with the turf playing surface and surrounds consolidating, whilst the grandstand is under construction, work on which began earlier this year. Once completed, the grandstand will include coaches and announcers boxes, covered seating for around 550, uncovered seating for nearly 700, plus room for a further 130 on the concourse in front of the building. The building will also provide team and officials change rooms, public toilets, a canteen, storage and a clubroom for after-match functions and meetings.

These investments have not only created hundreds of jobs in the Gungahlin region but have also contributed to a flourishing and connected community. The ACT government’s investment in social infrastructure is critical in helping local communities grow and develop, and demonstrates the government’s long-term commitment to the continued growth of Gungahlin.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Ms Porter.

MS PORTER: Minister, when will the Gungahlin leisure centre and the Gungahlin enclosed oval open, and what activities are planned for the launch?

MR BARR: I am pleased to advise the Assembly that both the leisure centre and the enclosed oval will be opened in the first half of 2014. The management of the leisure centre will be engaged before the end of this year, leaving them time to plan and prepare for the centre’s 2014 opening, which will involve an invitation to the entire Gungahlin community.

With the construction of the grandstand at the Gungahlin enclosed oval expected to be completed in February of next year, the facility will be ready for use for the 2014 winter sports season. Sport and Recreation Services are currently working with clubs, including the Gungahlin eagles, bulls, jets and Capital Football regarding a multi-sport community event to celebrate the official opening of the facility in March 2014.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Dr Bourke.

DR BOURKE: Minister, has there been any progress towards delivering a cinema in Gungahlin?

MR BARR: Yes. I am pleased to inform members that work will commence next year on a new seven-screen cinema complex in the Gungahlin town centre, on a site

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