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Monday, 6 December 1999
Page: 12817

Mr NAIRN —My question is to the Minister for Sport and Tourism. Can the minister inform the House of recent upgrades to sporting facilities in the ACT and the benefits in the long term for not only the ACT community but the whole Australian Capital Territory region as a result of these upgrades?

Miss JACKIE KELLY (Sport and Tourism; Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Sydney 2000 Games) —I acknowledge the member for Eden-Monaro's interest in the upgrades to the AIS facility and I am pleased to report to the Prime Minister that our budget initiative for the resurfacing of the track at Bruce Stadium occurred on budget, on time. Despite extensive rain throughout October and November, the mondo surface was set at the AIS track, replacing the old surface which had bubbled and was causing some problems in the preparation of our elite athletes. The mondo surface is exactly the same as they have in Stadium Australia—a surface which will be torn up after the Paralympic Games. This will leave the mondo track at the institute as the premier athletics surface in Australia. That track is not just used by AIS athletes and Australian teams; it is also used by ACT Athletics and for Little Athletics carnivals. We have the state championships and the major events for Little As occurring at that venue.

Mr Wilkie interjecting

Mr SPEAKER —I warn the member for Swan.

Miss JACKIE KELLY —I know the interest that the member for Eden-Monaro has in Little As as well as in the Paralympics and our winter preparation team. It is going to be a very valuable asset as well as a further extension of the ACT's sport and tourism program in terms of attracting major events to the ACT and holding those events of all kinds at the AIS.