The capital city of Canberra has announced it will close its only winter snow sports events after the state government refused to provide a licence for them.
Key points:ACU snow sports have been outlawed in Canberra for nearly 30 years after the city received a report in 2016 saying they were dangerousWinter sports events have been banned in Canberra since the city was deemed to have “unreasonable risk” of death and injuryA decision to close the only winter sports events in Canberra was made by the ACT Government in May 2017The ACT Government has also ordered the city to cease snow sport in 2019ACU Snow Sports have been restricted to the city’s streets and city-owned land since the late 1990s, with organisers receiving a number of reports in the early 2000s that they were dangerously dangerous.
Key Points:The ACT’s government had refused to license the sportACU has been given a licence to operate, but the government has stopped snow sport from being held on city-leased landThe ACT government has also given permission to allow the sport to be held on the city-own landThe state’s Government has announced the city will close all snow sports activities, including acu snow sport, from April 2019.ACU’s snow sports were banned by the state in 2000 after a report was made that they posed a “unjustifiable risk” to the safety of participants and spectators.
“The ACT Police Department has been unable to provide the Minister for the Environment with a licence in the past,” ACT Government spokesperson for Environment and Climate Change, Scott MacCallum, said in a statement.
“However, in the wake of the NSW Snow Sports Report 2016, the ACT Police have decided to withdraw the snow sports from the ACT and continue to monitor the situation.”
We have informed the ACT Snow Sports Commission that this is a decision made by ACT Government, and it is not our intention to re-engage with them in any further discussions.””ACU is an ACT sport that is in the process of being regulated in the ACT,” he added.”ACUs snow sport has been restricted for decades, and we will continue to work with the ACT government to regulate the sport in the future.
“The ACT is the only Australian state to have never banned winter sports.
In a statement to News24, the ACCU said it welcomed the ACT’s decision to stop the ACTs snow sport.”
This decision is very positive news for the ACT snow sport community and we are very pleased that the ACT has taken the first step towards protecting our sport from the dangers of this unregulated sport,” the statement said.”
At the same time, we recognise that our sport is not without risk and that there is a need for the state to protect the safety and wellbeing of the athletes and spectators.