ACT Labor to invest in active infrastructure for Canberra’s parks and ovals

Canberrans are the most active community in the country. We lead the nation when it comes to exercise and participation in organised sport.

ACT Labor recognises the importance of this activity 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 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.

Katy Gallagher has already outlined her $26 million plan to upgrade local sporting facilities including:

  • A $5.1 million soccer facility at Melrose High;
  • Funding for a study into indoor 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.  And we have committed $390,000 over 4 years to promote physical activity among primary school students through the Active Kids Program.

But there is more to do.

If re-elected in 2012 Labor will deliver new outdoor gym equipment in up to 6 locations across Canberra.


Policy costings

ACT Labor will spend $200,000 to build 6 new outdoor gyms across Canberra.







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ACT Labor has already delivered

ACT Labor is delivering high quality sport and recreation facilities to meet the demands of active communities in the ACT.

We have a strong record of investing in facilities which support the community’s active lifestyle and which encourages others to become more active.

ACT Labor has already:

  • 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; and
  • Contributed to the Tennis ACT Centre in Lyneham;

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


How ACT Labor will help Canberrans get and stay active

This outdoor gym equipment will be co-located at ovals and parks with playgrounds, to allow mums and dads to get a workout while supervising their children.  Some will also be located around lakes for Canberrans who exercise around our lakes.

This equipment will also be ideal for personal trainers and boot camps to undertake fitness activities.

ACT Labor commits to installing the equipment at:

  • Yerrabi Park on Yerrabi Pond in Gungahlin;
  • Tuggeranong Town Park on Lake Tuggeranong;
  • John Knight Park on Lake Ginninderra; and
  • Eddison Park, Woden.


A further two locations will be determined through community consultation.