Page 1700 - Week 05 - Thursday, 11 May 2017

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public health, bachelor of primary education, a practitioners certification in mediation, the AICD company directors course, and a bachelor of science in psychology.

These grants support a diversity of education and training activities. I am particularly pleased to see some of these activities in the allied health field, where it is particularly important for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to have greater representation.


MS CHEYNE: My question is to the Minister for Sport and Recreation. Minister, can you update the Assembly on the recently completed rowing facility at Grevillea Park?

MS BERRY: I thank Ms Cheyne for the question. Members who ride or walk around the lake might have seen a growing rowing facility at Grevillea Park. I had the chance to open the building on Friday, 28 April 2017 and it was really great to see how local rowers have already embraced their new facility. In addition to Capital Lakes Rowing Club making their home at the facility, the ACT branch of the Broulee surf lifesaving club and Scouts ACT will be based at this new facility.

The construction of this new building again demonstrates the ACT government’s commitment to increase access to sporting infrastructure across the city. I know that it will provide more opportunities for Canberrans to be more active and ultimately healthier through their participation in organised sport.

Built at a cost of $1.4 million, with a footprint of around 750 square metres, this new facility is significantly larger than their previous home, which was at Kingston foreshore. In addition to the increased storage space that has been made available for boats and other equipment, the venue has changing rooms and a multipurpose room which can be used for other training or gatherings. In designing the facility, the Land Development Agency worked closely with the National Capital Authority, Active Canberra, lake user groups and other local stakeholders and members of the community.

As well as the rowing shed construction, car parking has been significantly increased, from 22 to 109, with a finished product which is sympathetic to the area and complements the lake environment.

MS CHEYNE: Minister, how did the project come about and what has been the response from local rowers?

MS BERRY: The response from the local rowing community to the territory’s investment in new rowing facilities has been very positive. From the feedback that I have received to date it is already regarded as the best rowing facility in the ACT and it will create a great opportunity for the Capital Lakes Rowing Club to grow their membership base.

As I mentioned, Capital Lakes Rowing Club’s previous home was located at Kingston foreshore which, as members know, has seen some significant change over the past

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