Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 07 Hansard (Thursday, 2 August 2018) . . Page.. 2789 ..
facility. The Elected Body and key community representatives identified by the Elected Body are being consulted prior to rectification works commencing. A timeline will be confirmed as part of this process.
b) The term informal recreation covers a range of activities that would typically occur at other informal use ovals around the city. This could include walking a dog, kicking a ball, throwing a Frisbee and various other recreational activities. The interim works will not, at this stage, restore the oval to a level that is suitable for formal sporting use (match play or training).
The cultural facility reference in my previous response was in acknowledgement of the longstanding connection the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community has to Boomanulla Oval. Ongoing discussions with representatives of that community have clarified that culture is inherent in all activities and places that are important to and part of what defines the people in that community. The facility is to be initially reopened for informal recreation and community use, noting culture will be inherent in such use of the facility by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.
c) Transport Canberra and City Services, who manages and maintains other sport and recreation facilities around the city, will be responsible for management arrangements in the interim until a longer term outcome for the facility is determined.
d) The process for community groups, sporting clubs and indigenous stakeholders to request access to this facility is currently being worked through in consultation with the Elected Body.
e) The arrangements for access and use of Boomanulla are currently being worked through in consultation with the Elected Body.
(2) Boomanulla Oval has been both a sporting and meeting place for the Territory’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community for over 30 years. It has a history rich in stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sporting success, personal achievement, community gatherings and youth support.
Over the years, Boomanulla Oval has been used for many purposes, including:
• being used as the home ground for the Boomanulla Raiders rugby league and cricket teams;
• general sporting activities;
• community meetings;
• education and training programs; and
• NAIDOC Week celebrations.
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Centre at Yarramundi Reach is a culturally appropriate meeting and conference facility and art gallery.
(Question No 1450)
Mr Milligan asked the Minister for Sport and Recreation, upon notice, on 11 May 2018: