Page 391 - Week 02 - Tuesday, 14 February 2017

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Minister, can you tell the Assembly when the study will be completed? Why has this matter not been acted on sooner, given that the ACT indoor sports facility study report recommended immediate action?

MS BERRY: The first part of the question was regarding a feasibility study for Gungahlin, Woden and west Belconnen. That will commence soon. Once I have the dates and the process for that feasibility study, I will let the Assembly know and am happy to involve Mr Milligan in that process.

The second part regarded the indoor facility study. That work has also been acted on. This led to the report and the work around opening up our schools as community and sporting hubs. We have had school facility upgrades to help indoor sport users to access school halls and facilities to carry out their sporting activities. That work has occurred at Alfred Deakin High School, Lake Tuggeranong College, Lyneham High School and Wanniassa high school.

MR MILLIGAN: Given the community support for an indoor sport centre and the growing ongoing need, will you consider expediting this process?

MS BERRY: It is happening very soon. It is not going to happen next year; it is going to happen this year. Within the next couple of months it will begin. I cannot do it any faster than that.

MR COE: Minister, will the study be done in house or will you get consultants to do it? If so, what is the allocation of funds for this work?

MS BERRY: A decision has not been made on who is going to be conducting the study. I will have to check on the actual funds and come back to the Assembly with that.

Greyhound racing—government policy

MR PARTON: My question is to the Minister for Regulatory Services. Minister, on 15 December, in response to a number of questions regarding the greyhound racing industry, you said:

We have not said that we will be banning the industry. We will be working towards a transition process and towards the ending of the industry.

Can you please explain the difference between banning the industry and ending the industry?

MR RAMSAY: I thank Mr Parton for his question, and note the shadow minister’s strong personal interest in racing. Yes, I have had a number of matters—

Members interjecting

MR RAMSAY: As I indicated in December, as I indicated publicly beforehand and since, the government is continuing to follow through on its electoral commitments to

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