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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 6 Hansard (15 June) . . Page.. 1865..


MR KAINE (continuing):

being offered by TransACT. Could you ascertain what the precise uptake of TransACT fibre optic connection by Canberrans is? How many paying customers within the Australian Capital Territory have they signed up at this stage?

MR HUMPHRIES: I will take that on notice.

Lyneham tennis centre

MR HARGREAVES: Mr Speaker, my question is to the Minister for sport and recreation, given that he is an expert on clay courts. A report in the Canberra Times of 30 May this year quoted the acting president of Tennis ACT, Mr Colin Mason, as saying that the ACT government had promised $500,000 towards the construction of clay courts at the Lyneham tennis centre whether or not the current redevelopment proceeds. Can the minister confirm that the government is to give this money? Is this grant of $500,000 additional to the $1.7 million already given to Tennis ACT for the project?

MR STEFANIAK: I thought I explained yesterday, John, that that $500,000 is the second part of what the ACT government is giving. It has already spent $1.2 million, which went to Tennis ACT, not Mr Hanna, in terms of the Rebound Ace courts. I understand that they have been built. The second $500,000 goes in this coming financial year to Tennis ACT for the clay courts, and again that goes to Tennis ACT.

Just to assist you out of a bit of confusion you seemed to have yesterday in terms of a draft tennis program, once the clay courts are built and they get a big tick in the box from Tennis Australia as being okay, which I am sure is no great problem, that is when we get the Australian men's and women's clay court championships. I think you will find that only Adelaide has clay courts, and they only have four.

MR HARGREAVES: My supplementary questions follow on from the information from the minister. Will the minister explain how the $1.2 million payments already made were constructed? Will the minister table a full and detailed acquittal of the $1.2 million paid so far, and has the government considered taking over the debts accrued to date by the developer?

MR STEFANIAK: I think I will take that on notice. He has asked for a bit of detail there, Mr Speaker.

Latham primary school

MR RUGENDYKE: My question is to the Minister for Education, Mr Stefaniak. Minister, since the burnout laws have been seriously watered down we have all noticed an increase in the incidence of burnouts in our city. A case in point is the serious damage which occurred overnight at Latham primary school where hoodlums caused many thousands of dollars worth of damage by burnouts on the school oval. Is the cost for the repair of the damage a departmental responsibility, or does it come under the umbrella of school-based management?


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