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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 01 Hansard (Wednesday, 11 February 2015) . . Page.. 224 ..

In the forthcoming years this venue will also welcome an increased amount of elite content, including Challenger tournaments and a “dinosaur” Fed Cup title. Such elite events will be wonderful for people in Canberra and the region to again have access to top-flight tennis, which will be a boost for the sport locally, potentially inspiring the next Wally Masur or Nick Kyrgios to pick up a racquet. However, it is larger, participation-based events such as the Australian seniors tennis open championships that Canberra does so well.

Canberra is ideally suited to the hosting of such events, with great sporting facilities, quality accommodation, being easily accessible and having so many attractions, restaurants and bars to help fill any down time that participants might have. Canberra is a city of brilliant possibilities, and the many hundreds of visitors who came to Canberra for the championships certainly enjoyed their stay.

The ACT government is a proud supporter of tennis in the ACT, supporting local development, elite pathways and community facilities such as those at Lyneham. These include an investment of more than $7 million in the Canberra Tennis Centre. I thank Tennis Seniors ACT for hosting the event and acknowledge the hard work of the volunteers and officials who made the event possible.

IGA East Row House

MR COE (Ginninderra) (6.38): I rise this evening to speak about IGA East Row House. IGA East Row House is a collaboration between IGA East Row and the Rooftop Foundation. The IGA East Row House organisation was established to support families who are in need of accommodation during medical treatment in Canberra.

The project will provide short to long-term accommodation to the families of individuals from regional areas who require hospital treatment for serious illness. Accommodation will be provided to assist those who are experiencing financial difficulties or have been unable to find appropriate accommodation. The organisation will also work closely with community organisations to provide support for families, including access to support when treatment has been completed. I understand at this stage the hope is that the facility will be located near to the Calvary hospital, in or around Bruce.

The IGA East Row House project was established to fill the gap in support for families of adult patients receiving treatment. Income for the project will be generated from the sale of merchandise through IGA East Row and eventually from IGAs across Australia.

I would like to place on the record my thanks to the major partners of the IGA Rooftop House project. They include IGA East Row, Trinity Law, Benchmarc financial and business advisers, Transit Graphics and allinsure. I would also like to record my thanks to the other sponsors, including IGA Narrabundah, Gema Group, IGA Kingston, McWilliam’s, Shaw Vineyard Estate, IGA Lyneham, GIO Stadium, Yellow Tail, Guvera, Club Lime, ActewAGL, IGA Karabar,

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