Page 3922 - Week 10 - Thursday, 20 September 2018

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MS FITZHARRIS: Yes, certainly. We will make available all records to the independent panel.

MISS C BURCH: Minister, will you guarantee that no records in any area of ACT Health will be lost, destroyed or otherwise disposed of, or concealed until the review panel completes its inquiry into workplace culture in ACT Health? If no, why?

MS FITZHARRIS: Certainly, as I indicated in my previous answer, we will make available to the independent panel any and all information that they require.

Government—sporting infrastructure

MS CODY: My question is to the Minister for Sport and Recreation. Minister, can you update the Assembly on recent milestones in relation to the ACT government’s ongoing investment in Canberra’s sporting infrastructure?

MS BERRY: Yes, it has been a significant couple of months in the provision of top-class new sports infrastructure in Canberra, particularly in Ms Cody’s electorate of Murrumbidgee. First, there is the completion of the new Phillip Oval. Completion of this project came about thanks to a great partnership between the ACT government and the sports of AFL and cricket, which provided an additional $1.925 million to the project.

The upgrade includes community facilities, administration offices, sportsground lighting, and indoor and outdoor cricket training facilities that will support development and elite athlete programs. The upgrade has now ensured that AFL NSW/ACT and Cricket ACT have new local administrative headquarters that will provide improved business, coaching and training opportunities.

Work commenced in December 2016 on the cricket facility, which was completed in November 2017. The construction contract for the AFL pavilion was completed in July 2018. The government has also just commenced construction on the $36.6 million Stromlo leisure centre. This will be an amazing new addition to the Weston Creek community. It is important to point out that the additional facilities that will also be included in this project, with input from the local community, include a gym, health club, leisure pool, inclusive of a toddlers pool, splash park and increased seating capacity.

The program pool will be suitable for some aquatics-based hydrotherapy and gentle exercise. The water temperature will operate at over 31 degrees, which will be delightful in a Canberra winter. The pool will have a beach entry zero depth via the adjoining leisure pool, which enables a wheelchair to be pushed all the way into the pool.

MS CODY: Minister, what new initiatives are rolling out to benefit local clubs using facilities across Canberra?

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