ACT Labor to invest $7 million for community recreation parks

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ACT Labor continues to invest in Canberra to make it an even better place to live, work, study and play.  Canberrans are the most active people in the country.  We lead the nation when it comes to exercise and participation in organised sport.

ACT Labor recognises the importance of physical activity and recreation for health and wellbeing, as well as social inclusion and community building.

We have worked hard to deliver high-quality sport and recreation facilities for all Canberrans, and are continuing to deliver state-of-the-art facilities to meet the demands of the Canberra community into the future.

The ACT Labor Government has been delivering better active living spaces, to provide for those already participating and also encourage other Canberrans to take up the opportunity to have a more active lifestyle.

The health and wellbeing of all Canberrans is our priority and investing in community sporting and recreation facilities means we all have the opportunity to get fit and stay active.

ACT Labor has already announced our $26 million plan to upgrade local sporting facilities including:

  • A $5.1 million soccer facility at Melrose High;
  • Funding for a study into indoor sports facilities on the north side;
  • Restoration of Spence and Torrens Neighbourhood Ovals;
  • Upgrades to the irrigation at Kambah and Hawker Playing Fields; and
  • A $500,000 fund for upgrades at Greenway Oval.

ACT Labor has also committed to building a new 50 metre pool and enclosed oval for the people of Weston Creek and Molonglo.  We have also committed $390,000 over 4 years to promote physical activity among primary school students through the Active Kids Program.

ACT Labor will invest $5 million to build the next stage of the Lyneham precinct upgrade project to provide new community amenities as well as community recreation space.  But there is more to do.

If re-elected in 2012 ACT Labor will deliver three new irrigated community recreation parks across Canberra.

In what will become a model for new Canberra suburbs, the new community recreation parks will provide green space and range of sporting and recreation facilities for the whole community.

 

Policy costings

ACT Labor will invest $7 million over four years in capital funding to build three irrigated community recreation parks – two in the new suburbs of Casey and Franklin, and one in an existing suburb.

 

ACT Labor’s plan for more irrigated community recreation parks

 

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

TOTAL

Franklin Community Park

$1.0m

-

-

-

$1.0m

Casey Community Park

-

$1.5m

$1.5m

-

$3.0m

New park in an existing suburb

-

-

$1.5m

$1.5m

$3.0m

Total

$1.0m

$1.5m

$3.0m

$1.5m

$7.0m

 

What we have already delivered

ACT Labor has a strong record of investing in facilities which support our community’s active lifestyle – and which encourage others to become more active.

In this term of Government, ACT Labor has:

  • Funded sportsground upgrades at Charnwood, Dickson, Isabella Plains, Watson, Weetangera and Bonython;
  • Funded and begun work on a new aquatic facility at Gungahlin, and upgraded Dickson, Erindale and Tuggeranong Pools;
  • Funded and begun work on an enclosed oval at Gungahlin and upgraded Phillip and Kippax Enclosed Ovals;
  • Delivered a new multi-use facility in Greenway and a new synthetic surface for hockey in Tuggeranong;
  • Contributed to the redevelopment of the Tennis ACT Centre in Lyneham.

ACT Labor has also built active living spaces, like the Lyneham and Dickson wetlands, which promote recreation and active living.

 

Why do we need community recreation parks?

Three new irrigated community recreation parks will be built – two in the new suburbs of Casey and Franklin, and one in an existing suburb.

The new community recreation park model recognises that organised sports clubs prefer to use district playing fields, with neighbourhood ovals often being underused.  The model will allow Canberrans to get out and get active near their homes, with facilities such as outdoor sports equipment, play areas and picnic areas in the heart of each new community.

Traditional suburban playing fields provide limited options, however the new community recreation parks will cater for a more diverse group of Canberrans: whether they are looking for a kids play area, somewhere for a game of touch with mates, outdoor gym equipment for a ‘boot camp’ or just a green space for a barbecue.

 

What will the new community recreation parks provide?

In what will become a model for new Canberra suburbs, the new irrigated community recreation parks will provide green space as well as facilities to accommodate a wide range of sporting and recreation facilities for the local community.

The new model will be based the new community park in Crace, which is nearing completion and has facilities including:

  • Basketball/futsal court with perimeter lighting and fencing;
  • Netball half court;
  • Tennis wall;
  • Synthetic cricket wicket;
  • Outdoor gymnasium equipment;
  • A range of structures and design treatments for skating and rollerblading;
  • A children’s playground;
  • Picnic areas including BBQs, shelters and toilets; and
  • Irrigated open grass area for a range of informal sports and physical recreation activities.

 

How will the community park in an existing suburb be determined?

ACT Labor will work with communities in Canberra to find an ideal location for a new community park to be piloted for an existing suburb.

Potential locations include areas where there is a neighbourhood oval that is no longer watered due to drought or low use from organised sport.  The location will be picked based on the lack of need from local sports clubs and the support of the local community to have an irrigated park in their neighborhood.