Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2022 Week 02 Hansard (Tuesday, 22 March 2022) . . Page.. 361 ..
• keep the Phillip Pool open until it, or another outdoor pool, is available and open for the people of Woden for the long term’.
Following a formal request from the lessee of the Phillip Swimming and Ice Skating Centre (PSISC), the planning and land authority agreed to provide temporary relief to lessee from the requirement to open the pool facilities for the 2021-22 summer season, up to 30 March 2022.
The commercial prospects, operation and future of the PSISC, inclusive of the pool facilities, is a matter for the owner of that property, noting the lessee has had use, occupation and benefit of the property for over 40 years. As a result, I can advise the ACT Government does not support the petition request to provide a grant to the PSISC lessee to “fix the Phillip Pool and assist in ensuring this occurs”. Furthermore, in accordance with existing lease provisions for the PSISC site, the ACT Government will expect the pool facilities will reopen and be available for public use for the 2022-23 summer and beyond.
While the closure of the swimming pool at PSISC for the 2021-22 summer season is unfortunate, the ACT is well catered for when it comes to the provision of public and private aquatic facilities. There are a number of government aquatic facilities located within a 10-kilometre radius of the Woden Town Centre including Stromlo Leisure Centre, Manuka Pool, Canberra Olympic Pool (in the city), Lakeside Leisure Centre (Greenway) and Active Leisure Centre (Wanniassa). There are also several private aquatic facilities located in Woden and the surrounding area that offer a range of services to the community.
Thank you for the opportunity to respond to this matter.
Woden—indoor sports facilities—petitions 23-21 and 48-21
By Ms Berry, Minister for Sport and Recreation, dated 8 February 2022, in response to two petitions lodged by Ms Davidson on 30 November and 1 December 2021 concerning a multipurpose sports stadium in Woden.
The response read as follows:
Dear Mr Duncan
Thank you for your letters of 30 November 2021 and 1 December 2021 relating to the petitions (23- 21 and 48-21) lodged by Ms Emma Davidson MLA requesting ‘the ACT Government invest in a multi- purpose sports stadium in Woden’.
I am pleased to advise the ACT Government is progressing a number of ACT Government school projects in Woden Valley in the coming years, which will see additional indoor sporting infrastructure made available for community use outside of school hours.
This is in addition to recently completed projects, including Evelyn Scott School in Denman Prospect, which includes a full-sized two-court gymnasium.
Funded projects to be delivered during the current election cycle include: