Fitness, child care, 457 Visas on Town Council wish list

By ERWIN CHLANDA

 

More child care and keeping fit are initiatives the Town Council hopes will get the support of the next Federal Government.

 

Mayor Damien Ryan (pictured) says applications have been made for a $11m multi-purpose stadium on the eastern side of the aquatic centre block, and a $2.8m extension for the Grevillea Child Care Centre on the Eastside, creating 45 more places.

 

Mayor Ryan says the stadium would cater for a range of sports from table tennis to martial arts and gymnastics.

He also wants the Feds to keep up the Healthy Communities Initiative and enlarge the grant beyond the current $700,000 for two years year.

 

Despite the modest cost some 4000 people have taken advantage of it in the last two years, swimming, weight lifting and walking, organised by a range of community groups which receive the Canberra dollars via the Town Council.

 

As well the council is looking for $1m a year for an Indigenous ranger program. The money would cover four rangers plus their equipment and a mentor. After initial training they would be absorbed into the council’s regular ranger force.

 

On the policy front, the council will urge the winner in the elections to maintain the 457 Visa program – a demand also being made by the Chamber of Commerce.

 

Mayor Ryan says the program allowing into the country people with special skills not available locally is sorely needed, according to councillors’ own experience and feedback from constituents.

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  1. Gary Bell
    Posted August 29, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    Could the proposed stadium be built in several stages, thus allowing for lessening of the initial cost?
    The stadium appears to be a great idea and judging by the use of the people already, it would be used.
    Extension for the Grevillea Child Care Centre on the Eastside creating 45 more places is also a significant application. Can a sponsor be sought to partially fund this project?
    The ranger project would be an advantage to the continuing “tourist industry” and environmental issues.
    I fully support the 457 Visa program, because of the skills and attitude that people under this program bring to the community in which they live.

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