Page 4461 - Week 12 - Thursday, 26 October 2017

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MR BARR: across all of the questions you have asked. You are after a lot of documents.

MADAM SPEAKER: Members! Ms Cody is seeking to ask a question without notice.

Sport—government initiatives

MS CODY: Thank you, Madam Speaker.

Mr Hanson interjecting—

MS CODY: It would be nice if Mr Hanson were to be quiet enough for me to ask my question; miracles may happen one day.

My question is to the Minister for Sport and Recreation: can you update the Assembly on the delivery of the government’s election commitments in the sport and recreation portfolio and how these contribute to the key priorities of active living, gender equity and inclusion?

MS BERRY: I thank Ms Cody for the question. Some of the key achievements this year included the full funding of all of the election commitment towards gender equity in sport, which included four-year funding agreements for both the Canberra Capitals and Canberra United. I have spoken a lot about those two teams in this place and the significance of the four-year funding to those teams to be able to continue to recruit elite sportswomen to those sports and also improve sponsorship to ensure they are able to provide those sportswomen with the best possible support, but also to give opportunities for young women and girls in the ACT to have role models that live in their community to look up to.

A further $1 million was also provided for programs which work to encourage and empower women and girls at all levels of sport over the next four year: $500,000 for female-friendly sports infrastructure; 400,000 in incentive funding for sports to lead on gender equity; and $100,000 for a new female sport online hub with HerCanberra, which I recently launched.

Some of the other significant projects which have been completed or are progressing include: $600,000 to local clubs under the community football infrastructure program; redevelopment of Phillip Oval; a new Stromlo aquatic centre; and funding for two new ovals as part of the new Gungahlin primary school.

MS CODY: Minister, how were the government’s commitments informed by the Canberra community?

MS BERRY: I spent much of 2016, in my first year as sport and rec minister, talking with sports communities about their needs. We would all agree that Canberra’s sporting clubs are full of community champions and volunteers who make a great contribution to this city. There are also people with great ideas about equity, inclusion and how sport can be used to grow these things even more.

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