Page 4978 - Week 13 - Wednesday, 28 November 2018

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MR PETTERSSON: Minister, how do the CBR Sport Awards help to capitalise on these milestones and further grow our sporting community?

MS BERRY: The awards, which will be held this week on Friday, are another example of how far sport has come in a few years. The annual CBR Sport Awards are an opportunity for the sector to come together and publicly acknowledge some of the great achievements that occur each year. This includes not only athletic performance but also organisational excellence through the three minister’s awards: innovation, event excellence and inclusion.

Often sporting clubs and organisations and event teams and individual athletes are consumed by their own busy-ness. So much time, effort and focus can be on personal performance or on our own club competition or project that we do not have time to pause and reflect and to learn from others around us. Awards processes can provide this opportunity. They can provide the opportunity to see what others are doing and how they have done it, how they got the results, and what partnerships helped them achieve a particular win, whether it was a win on or off the park.

Since the relaunch of the CBR Sport Awards in 2016, the number of nominations has more than doubled. Nearly 100 nominations were received in 2018. The CBR Sport Awards bring together an industry that has tremendous value to the community and to our economy. It enhances community health. It builds the social fabric and volunteerism. It is great to be able to celebrate these qualities at the end of this year.

Mr Barr: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Income support

Debate resumed.

MR BARR (Kurrajong—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Social Inclusion and Equality, Minister for Tourism and Special Events and Minister for Trade, Industry and Investment) (3.34): I thank Ms Le Couteur for her motion and I am very pleased to indicate that the government is happy to support it.

We believe in an inclusive Canberra where the benefits of our city’s prosperity are shared. In the past few years we have maintained a very strong focus on ensuring that the essentials of a good life are readily available for Canberrans: safe, affordable and suitable places to live; decent and secure jobs; access to free quality health care when and where it is needed; and good education and other reliable local services.

In a city where many are doing extremely well, we also have to be up-front about focusing our efforts on those who are not. In this financial year, our concessions program will provide an estimated $75 million in assistance to low and fixed income Canberra households. These concessions help with a range of living expenses such as rates, utility bills, drivers licence fees, motor vehicle registration fees, public transport fares, taxi transport for people with limited mobility, buying glasses, and travelling interstate for medical treatment, amongst other things.

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