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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 08 Hansard (Thursday, 16 August 2018) . . Page.. 3118 ..

community representatives have been closely consulted about the extent of the works to be undertaken as part of the interim restorative works. The local community and other key stakeholders are being kept informed about the site clean-up and restoration activities.

$1.664 million has been contributed to the Nicholls district playing fields. This is a highly activated, joint-use sports and recreational facility for the Gold Creek Primary School and Holy Spirit Primary School as well as sport and recreation. The objective of this project is to replace the current aged synthetic grass with another synthetic grass cover utilising improved technology. The synthetic facility, which includes two soccer pitches, a six-lane 300-metre running track and lighting for night-time use, will be replaced with like-for-like sporting facilities.

Finally, in west Belconnen in the electorate of Ginninderra $1.556 million, with $600,000 provisioned in 2019-20, will be provided to restore the Higgins neighbourhood oval to make more sportsgrounds available for local sporting groups in west Belconnen. As west Belconnen grows, more sporting facilities will be needed in that area. The restoration will include new turf, a new irrigation system and a water meter pit, sportsground lights to accommodate after-hours training activities, two combination football fields and a synthetic cricket wicket. Capital funding as well to construct a pavilion and toilet block will be held in central provisions for 2019-20.

I am happy to talk about the ACT government’s budget commitments in sport and recreation.

MS STEPHEN-SMITH (Kurrajong—Minister for Community Services and Social Inclusion, Minister for Disability, Children and Youth, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations) (5.02): I rise today to talk about two very important initiatives in the 2018-19 budget which have been introduced to address issues faced by some of the territory’s most vulnerable workers.

The first of these initiatives is the secure local jobs reform package. Prior to the 2016 election the Chief Minister outlined ACT Labor’s commitment to deliver a secure local jobs package which would use the purchasing power of government to deliver better outcomes for Canberra workers. Fundamental to this initiative was a recognition that the government can and should play an important role in delivering better outcomes for workers by setting the highest standards for workplace safety, workers’ rights and the delivery of quality goods and services.

To this end, the government will leverage its procurement processes to provide stronger protections for workers in organisations and businesses that perform work for the territory government than have been achieved in any other state or territory. To support the secure local jobs package, $3.36 million has been allocated over four years. This will provide important resources to strengthen the government’s procurement and contract management processes and ensure compliance with these new higher standards for territory-funded work.

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