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Monday, 9 December 2013
Page: 2043

Ms SCOTT (Lindsay) (11:00): I would like to congratulate the member for Solomon on her fabulous achievement in being appointed to the Speaker's panel.

I rise to provide the people of Lindsay with an update regarding the funding commitments made during the 2013 federal election. Western Sydney is the home of sport, and in my opinion the Nepean Valley is its capital. We are home to the mighty Penrith Panthers, the Sydney Olympic White Water Stadium, the Sydney International Regatta Centre and the Western Sydney Wanderers, who have dominated the A-league by transforming the round-ball game in our region. We are famous for having the biggest junior rugby league base in the Southern Hemisphere. It is our third biggest sport; netball and soccer outrank it.

Grassroots sport is essential for our children and a bedrock of the Lindsay community. I am proud that the Abbott coalition government will provide $266,500 across six sporting precincts in my local area. To the Hunter fields in Emu Plains, we will provide $20,000 through the Emu Plains Football Club to upgrade their lighting so the kids can train at night. To the Nepean district netball association and the Penrith RSL Soccer Club, we will provide $90,000 for Jamison Park for shade cloth and a canteen upgrade, essential for those Saturday mornings when we are all out there playing netball. We will provide $25,500 to the Nepean football association for the Andromeda oval in Cranebrook to upgrade the drainage, so that on those rainy days they will be able to play sport on that oval. We will provide $26,000 to Penrith Baseball Club for a security fence for the Andrews Road baseball complex. Finally, we will provide $45,000 to the Penrith rugby league for a playing surface upgrade at Hickeys Park.

I look forward to working with Penrith City Council and so many of my local sporting groups in continuing to build the great sporting prowess that men and women in my area are known for and to ensure that the Nepean Valley will forever be a force to be reckoned with.

The DEPUTY SPEAKER ( Mrs Griggs ): In accordance with standing order 193 the time for constituency statements has concluded. A quorum not being present, the sitting will be suspended until a quorum is present.

Sitting suspended from 11:0 2 to 11:06