100 days to go and the promises start

WITH 100 days to the next ACT election, the ACT Labor Party today pledged $26 million for sports grounds and facilities.

Party leader  Katy Gallagher (pictured), her deputy Andrew Barr and ACT Labor MLAs and candidates for the October 20 poll gathered to make the announcement.

“The ACT is one of the healthiest and most active communities in Australia, with nearly 90 per cent of Canberrans participating in some form of exercise, recreation or sport,” said Gallagher.

“It is clear that our local sports grounds and facilities are well utilised and valued by Canberrans.”

Barr said that ACT Labor has made record investments in sport and recreation, but there was still more to do.

“The ACT Labor Government over recent years has made significant improvements to local sports grounds and facilities to ensure Canberrans have access to the best sporting facilities. We will continue this work in the next term of Government,” Barr said.

Meanwile ACT Liberal leader Zed Seselja dismissed today’s announcement describing it as nothing but a reminder of how much has been promised by ACT Labor in the past, but how little has been delivered.

“We’re still waiting for the Gungahlin pool promised at the last election, and the election before that. There was great fanfare about how committed ACT Labor was to community sports, but work on that pool hasn’t even started, and now won’t be finished until at least 2015,” Seselja said.

“We’re still waiting for the Lyneham Sports precinct which was due to be finished last year and now won’t be finished until 2014.

“Every election, ACT Labor promises to focus on local sports facilities, and every year in between they simply fail to deliver.

The  latest Labor sports policies include:

• Southside synthetic football fields at Melrose High School – $5.1 million

• Kambah District Playing Fields and Hawker District Playing Fields irrigation and surface improvements – $3.4 million

• Restoration of Spence and Torrens neighbourhood ovals – $2.6 million

• Greenway Enclosed Oval Infrastructure Improvement Fund – $500,000

• Southside synthetic athletics track – site selection and construction funding – $4.5 million

• New Northside indoor sports centre – site selection for a new centre – $50,000


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One Response to “100 days to go and the promises start”

  1. Brian Allan
    December 13, 2012 at 4:21 pm #

    I like how they stream local sport on the freezone with the canberra Cavlary and the local NEAFL; i think they should bring back talk therapy for people with mental illness; I think that the City night rider is good but I think they should bring back the southern cross club and Canberra labor club shuttle bus taking people to their door late at night for a small resonable fee of $5 because the only way they can get home late at night from clubs when you want a night out is a very expensive taxi; add a few barbecues at the flats opposite the Belconnen high school on Beetaloo Street would be great and i think Woolworths could be good in Hawker but don’t change too much because i enjoy running through the park near the toilet, don’t put housing there, please

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