Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 9 Hansard (13 August) . .
MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Doszpot.
MR DOSZPOT: Minister, what assurances have you provided to the school in respect of access to the tennis courts and their continued exclusive usage of the courts and their change rooms?
MR BARR: I provided that assurance yesterday in the Assembly but what I also indicated was that outside school hours—weekends, school holidays—the courts should be available for public use, and I would have thought that would be warmly endorsed by all in this place.
MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Smyth.
MR SMYTH: Minister, has, or will, the school's previous lease on the section of Montgomery oval that was resumed now been reinstated? If no, what controls will the school have over future developments on that site?
Mr Barr: Sorry, I missed the first part of your—
MADAM SPEAKER: Yes, so did I. Can you start that off again, please, Mr Smyth?
MR SMYTH: Sure. Minister, has, or will, the school's previous lease on the section of Montgomery oval that was resumed now been reinstated? If not, what controls will the school have over future developments on that site?
MR BARR: The education department would, I presume, be the holder of the lease but I will seek further details on the best way to make that particular transition. The government's intent is firstly that the facility be available for the Telopea school and that that school would have priority use of course during school time.
I would seek an arrangement whereby the facility would be made available to the general public, as is common place with sporting facilities at government schools, outside of school hours. There may be a range of ways that that can be arranged, either by a hiring and booking basis for the facilities or simply by removing the locks, as is the case on most publicly owned public school provided sports facilities.
MR SMYTH: Chief Minister, what feedback have you had from the Telopea Park School community on your comments yesterday?
MR BARR: I have read some feedback in the media. I have not had any direct comments to me at this point, other than what I have read and seen in the media.
MR WALL: My question is to the Minister for Community Services regarding the Manuka occasional childcare association, or Mocca. Minister, what discussions have you had with the Chief Minister about the proposal to move Mocca to Telopea school?
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