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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 08 Hansard (Thursday, 16 August 2018) . . Page.. 3116 ..

roll out this year. New agreements with the Capitals and United, $250,000 and $125,000 per annum respectively, were executed in December 2017, with the Capitals now playing matches on their new home court at the National Convention Centre.

Female-friendly infrastructure guidelines have been made available informing new facility design and progressive upgrades. Key works have been completed at Gowrie, Lyneham and Dickson, with the new Melrose football facility almost compliant. In partnership with her Canberra, which was formally launched on 10 October 2017, to April 2018 her Canberra active published 40 articles and received almost 99,000 total visits while also hosting an active directory.

Tri-annually funded sporting organisations continue to move towards greater gender equity on their boards, supported by the new diversity register, as at April 2018. And as at April 2018, 43 per cent of tri-annually funded sporting organisations are meeting the 40 per cent target, which is an increase from 28.5 per cent in 2017. A major women’s sport symposium hosted on 9 August 2018 at the National Convention Centre focused on inspiring and informing continued progress and supporting more women and girls in sport.

The ACT government is partnering with the Canberra District Rugby League and the New South Wales government on the construction of a $19 million rugby league centre of excellence and community hub to be built at Northbourne Oval in Braddon. The ACT government is providing $5 million in funding over three years. The New South Wales government will provide $4 million from its cross-border commissioner’s infrastructure fund. The Canberra District Rugby League will contribute the remaining $10 million. The facility will be used by the Canberra Raiders as a high-performance training venue, the calibre of which will greatly aid in the attraction and retention of elite players. Construction is anticipated to start in the coming months and to be completed in 2019.

The ACT government committed $75,000 in the lead-up to the ACT election to undertake a scoping study for the future provision of an ice sports facility in the ACT. The scoping study is underway and is nearing completion. The study included consultation with key stakeholders including the ACT Ice Sports Federation, which represents the interests of local ice sports groups such as the CBR Brave, a comparative analysis of the existing ice sports facilities around the country including the O’Brien Group Arena in Melbourne and consideration of potential delivery and ownership models for any proposed facility.

We have also had consultation with the community around the ACT government’s $33 million commitment for a new pool at Stromlo Forest Park. Consultation was completed in January 2017, with over 700 submissions. The most popular additional facilities were a splash park, gym-health club and seating capacity of 500 to enable sport and recreation organisations to hold competitions. On 19 January 2018 the government agreed to provide an additional $2.41 million in funding to the Stromlo leisure centre project, bringing the total of the project budget to $36.6 million, to also deliver a gym-health club, leisure pool, inclusive of a toddlers pool, splash park and increased seating capacity.

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