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few years. Given the lake frontage and its location, it was identified as an area that was appropriate for development and was sold in 2016.
At that time the government worked with the club to identify a new site to relocate the club and committed to build a new facility. Grevillea Park was selected as the preferred location by Capital Lakes Rowing Club and was assessed as suitable for lake-based recreational facilities in the strategic review of recreational facilities around Lake Burley Griffin which was undertaken and released in 2010.
In May 2014 a master plan was prepared to develop Grevillea Park as a recreational hub, and community consultation was undertaken. For the project to be successful and supported, it was important that we were able to provide maximum access to the lake and that low-scale design could be developed that was sympathetic to the surrounds. I want to thank and congratulate everybody who has contributed along the way to such a great outcome.
MS ORR: Minister, how does the project contribute to the government’s program of investment in sports infrastructure?
MS BERRY: I thank Ms Orr for the supplementary question. With a significantly improved facility that has delivered increased boat storage capacity, Capital Lakes Rowing Club will now be looking at expanding a number of their programs, in particular, their para-rowing program, which seeks to get more athletes with a disability into rowing. Further to this, the club plans to conduct rowing programs in partnership with a number of ACT government schools to increase junior participation rates in the sport.
The construction of this new facility at Grevillea Park also means that organisations using the rowing shed will continue to activate the East Basin of Lake Burley Griffin. This part of the lake is not as heavily used as other areas, so we should see an increase in activity in this area—albeit from 4.30 in the morning—due to the additional capacity of the clubs to delivery water-based recreation.
With the facility catering for a number of organisations, the territory has ensured that it is getting the most effective use out of the available land around the lake and meeting the needs of the various user groups. Given the limited supply of suitable land, this was an important consideration when designing the facility.
More broadly, the project contributes to an ongoing program of investment by the ACT government in key local sporting infrastructure. Earlier this year we saw new national data confirming that the ACT is the most active jurisdiction in Australia. The government sees our role as making sure that people are encouraged to participate in all different sports, regardless of age, ability, gender or background. The new rowing facility will make an important contribution towards that goal.
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