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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 1 Hansard (9 February) . .

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Canberra Olympic Pool

MR DOSZPOT: My question is to the Minister for Sport. Minister, it was reported during January that, despite repairs to the tune of $154,000, the Canberra Olympic Pool still leaks water at the rate of 33,000 litres per day. Icon Water's permanent water conservation measures state that public pools must lodge a water efficiency management plan with Icon Water and that Icon Water must approve the water efficiency management plan. Minister, can you advise as to the status of the water efficiency plan at Canberra Olympic Pool?

MS BERRY: I thank Mr Doszpot for his question on the Canberra Olympic Pool and the extensive work that has been done to control the leaks there. I will have to come back with some detail about the plan from the Olympic pool that has been arranged with Icon Water about how they can continue to save water through the leaks that are continuing to occur at the pool. But I can advise that, unfortunately, the pool continues to leak and that the ACT government will have to consider the future of the pool, especially in light of the city to the lake project. But I will come back to the Assembly with the detail of a plan that Mr Doszpot refers to with Icon Water.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Doszpot.

MR DOSZPOT: Minister, you might also want to take on board the following question. Is leaking 33,000 litres a day compliant with this plan?

MS BERRY: As Mr Doszpot knows, the Canberra Olympic Pool has been leaking pretty much since it opened. It is unfortunate that it was leaking the amount of water that it had been. The repair work to the pool did diminish some of the water loss. However—

Mr Hanson interjecting

MADAM SPEAKER: Order Mr Rattenbury; I mean Mr Hanson. I apologise, Mr Rattenbury.

Mr Hanson interjecting

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, you are on a warning. Ms Berry, have you completed your answer?

MS BERRY: Yes, Madam Speaker.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Minister, has the 33,000-litre leak caused any significant structural damage to surrounding infrastructure?

MS BERRY: I am not aware of any structural damage that has occurred as a result of the leaks. If there has been any I will take some advice on it and bring it back to the Assembly.


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