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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 1 Hansard (28 February) . . Page.. 140..

(6) If the Government has not commissioned any research into the nature of aquatic facilities in the ACT, how does the Government inform itself of the matters referred to in part (5);

(7) On what basis does the Government fix admission charges for the use of aquatic facilities in the ACT.

Mr Barr: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) In 2001 a feasibility study was commissioned to investigate options for a permanent enclosure and refurbishment of Canberra Olympic Pool.

In 2004/05 a study was undertaken to review some of the major findings of a 1997 study entitled "Strategic Review of Swimming Pools and Related Facilities in the ACT", and the 2001 feasibility study, with particular reference to Canberra Olympic Pool and Lakeside Leisure Centre.

(2) In 2003 a Facilities Study was undertaken by the then Sport and Recreation ACT to assess the distribution of various types of sport and recreation facilities across the ACT and to provide an objective analysis for future decision making on facility development.

(3) (i) 2001 Canberra Olympic Pool feasibility study

This study arrived at a preferred option that provided a modern community aquatic centre that included a permanent enclosure over the main 50 metre pool and toddlers pool, with the addition of a small hydrotherapy pool. The amenities would be subject to a major upgrade/refurbishment, with the addition of new gymnasium, crèche and club facilities.

(ii) 2004/5 Swimming Pool Review Study

The study confirmed the view that the Canberra Olympic Pool should undergo a major refurbishment, including permanent enclosure and enhanced facilities, to bring it up to modern safety and user standards.

The study also suggested that Lakeside Leisure Centre was then in need of further development to meet community needs, with expanded health and fitness facilities and a learn to swim pool.

(iii) 2003 Facilities Study

This study brought forward 18 recommendations covering a wide range of issues including funding for new facility planning and development; viability of indoor sports centres; greater use of Canberra's lakes; redevelopment of the Phillip Pool site; pursuit of major events; and the use of school facilities.

(4) The 2001 Canberra Olympic Pool feasibility study and subsequent 2004/05 review are not generally available to the public as they are essentially internal planning documents.

The 2003 Facilities Study is a public document, receiving wide exposure within the sporting community when it was completed.

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