Page 3117 - Week 08 - Thursday, 16 August 2018

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The government is continuing to work with stakeholders to develop a new regulatory framework for combat sports. The controlled sports bill, expected to be tabled in the Legislative Assembly in October 2018, will address a range of high-risk activities including events with clear and identified risks to the community and sports that are yet to be invented in a rapidly involving combat sports base. Consultation on the bill will soon commence following any final amendments that will be introduced into the Assembly.

On Manuka pool, in 2018-19 $1.848 million from the pools improvement program and aquatics repair and maintenance budgets will be invested in capital works at Manuka pool to upgrade the filtration plant as it does not meet modern health standards. Upgrades to the pool gutters and filtered water return lines are also required as they are too small and do not feed the water over quickly enough.

On the indoor sports study, in line with the parliamentary agreement, the ACT government committed $160,000 in the 2017-18 budget to further investigate feasible options for providing indoor sporting facilities in Woden, Gungahlin and Belconnen. The subsequent future indoor sports facility provision feasibility study commenced in November and is focused on determining the preferred facility mix for further indoor sports provision in the ACT. Consultation has been undertaken with large-participation indoor sports including Basketball ACT, Capital Football Futsal and Gymnastics ACT as well as the Woden, Gungahlin and Belconnen community councils as part of the feasibility study.

While this will highlight projects for future consideration the government has continued work with the sector to improve available sporting assets and has included work over recent years to upgrade community netball facilities, work with Tennis ACT and Tennis Australia to redevelop the Canberra tennis centre, support Basketball ACT in the addition of a new outdoor three-on-three complex at Belconnen basketball stadium as well as improving disability access, supporting Capital Lakes Rowing Club in the development of the Grevillea Park rowing facility, supporting Volleyball ACT in the development of the Lyneham beach facility, upgrading the Burley Griffin Canoe Club at the Molonglo Reach, supporting the Capital Petanque Club to establish a new home at Weston Park and invest significantly in multiple community tennis clubs including Red Hill, Kippax, Kambah, Turner and Belconnen.

The ACT government committed $200,000 towards improvements at Lake Tuggeranong’s rowing club facility located at the Tuggeranong Library. It is intended that the funding will be utilised to improve the functionality of the facility, including the addition of toilets and showers for participants. Early planning work has commenced, with a development application expected to be submitted in the second half of this year.

On Boomanulla Oval, the government will restore and revitalise the main building, community area and garden of achievement to return it as a focal point for Indigenous culture, community and sporting activities. This initiative will also deliver a multipurpose function room and an open park along with repairs to the perimeter fencing, site cleaning and other restoration works. The elected body and a number of

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