Page 4462 - Week 12 - Thursday, 26 October 2017

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The government spoke extensively with women and girls and men and boys around shaping gender equity commitments and spoke with the Gungahlin sports clubs and participants in relation to growth pressures and their infrastructure needs. Active Canberra has worked with local clubs across the ACT in shaping commitments including lighting at Calwell, rowing in Tuggeranong, upgrades at west Belconnen, motorsport development grants as well as many other commitments.

The Canberra community, through the government, makes a significant contribution to all our sports facilities and my approach will be to continue to work with clubs and sports representatives in making sure that these projects provide the greatest possible benefit for everyone in our community.

MR STEEL: Why is an online community important to growing female participation in sport and active recreation?

MS BERRY: Thank you for the supplementary. It has probably been one of the strongest themes that has come through as I held different events on women’s and girls’ sport last year. People at all levels of sport shared the view that we should be taking action and creating a greater profile and more online space for female sport as an important part of improving gender equity in our sports community.

From that evolved a commitment to partner with HerCanberra, a new online platform. I talked about launching that just recently. The government’s investment has enabled the promotion and sharing of local female sporting content like never before. HerCanberra has a large and growing audience, including the key age ranges where participation needs to grow.

The next step for the partnership is the first Active Week, which will start on Monday 13 November. What is being asked for in Active week is that sporting clubs provide the opportunity for the readers of HerCanberra and other participants to participate in an activity for free: stage a free come and try day; parade; provide a free class pass; offer a free trial week; or anything else that gives people a chance to get active in a low risk and accessible environment. Indeed, someone like Elizabeth Lee might want to get on board with something like this and encourage a Zumba class for women in the Legislative Assembly to participate in.

Mr Hanson: What about men? We’re a minority in this Assembly!

Mr Barr: Watch out, Jeremy.

Mr Hanson: What? I’m not allowed to participate in SH’BAM because I’m a man? That’s discriminatory.

Ms Fitzharris: Classy!

MS BERRY: Oh please! For goodness sake. Seriously?

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