Page 1996 - Week 07 - Wednesday, 3 June 2015

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football club, who will be very sadly affected by this loss. It is a loss for both the club and football in Canberra. I appreciate Mr Doszpot’s offering that information to the Assembly this afternoon.

Turning to the motion that has been put on the table, I will not be supporting the motion as it stands. I have circulated an amendment, and I now move that amendment that has been circulated in my name:

Omit all words after “That this Assembly”, substitute:

“(1) notes:

(a) the upgraded Woden Park was officially opened on 14 February 2015;

(b) the original budget of $4.5 million was increased to a total of $7 million to enhance the facilities, and to supplement the user groups’ priorities;

(c) that the final construction included internal car parking, upgraded athletics facilities, and improved playing surface for the entire sporting community;

(d) that the seating capacity is dependent on need, and is made up of easily relocatable aluminium bleacher seating which may be moved from site to site as required;

(e) there is currently capacity for at least 500 people, and further capacity is being developed;

(f) the new grounds provide a resilient drought proof surface that has received 102.25 hrs of match play for football since February 2015 and is currently receiving remedial work to aid in strengthening the newly established grass growth;

(g) the provision of a scoreboard that could cater to the needs of both football and athletics was outside the scope of available funds at the time of the redevelopment; and

(h) extra internal car parking was included in the redevelopment of Woden Park, and approximately 1500 car parks are within walking distance; and

(2) calls on the Government to:

(a) continue to work with Capital Football and Athletics ACT on options for managing the newly established playing surface;

(b) continue work underway to accommodate additional bleacher seating on the eastern side of the park, utilising the relocatable seating units at Sports and Recreation Services’ disposal to respond to demand as needed;

(c) continue, in consultation with Athletics ACT, plans to provide shade cover for the existing seating units;

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