Page 1268 - Week 04 - Thursday, 5 May 2022

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monitoring stations at Florey and Monash to compare the quality of the sensor data against the reference instruments that are already operated by ACT Health. Preliminary analysis of the data from the sensors has been carried out, with further analysis to assess the performance of the sensors’—for example, seasonal variation. That is ongoing.

The trial is scheduled to be completed in the second half of 2022. The current trial aims to evaluate the reliability and the accuracy of the sensors, and it does not evaluate deployment or placement of the sensors. A pilot of sensor deployment would follow after the completion of the current trial, dependent on the assessment of the initial pilot findings and available funding.

ACT Health is also working with other jurisdictions to consider the potential role that low-cost sensors could play into the future. I do not have the specific information that Mr Davis was after in terms of the outcomes, but we will be able to report that back when the trial is completed in the second half of 2022.

MR DAVIS: Minister, when do we expect the trial to be completed and will all findings be publicly published?

MS DAVIDSON: As I have said, the trial is scheduled to be completed in the second half of this year, 2022. Of course we will be very happy to make that information publicly available when it is finalised.

MR BRADDOCK: Minister, has the government received any advice as to the placement of air quality monitors in my electorate of Yerrabi?

MS DAVIDSON: I thank Mr Braddock for the supplementary question. As I indicated earlier, this current trial is looking at the reliability and the accuracy of the low-cost sensors. There will be a separate process once we understand what that accuracy and reliability is, following the conversations with other jurisdictions around how they are deploying low-cost sensors, to consider where it would be most appropriate to deploy those sensors in the ACT.

Gungahlin—swimming pool

MS CASTLEY: My question is to the Minister for Sport. Minister, this week you provided an update on Gungahlin’s closed 50-metre pool, saying the government will be shutting the swimming program pool for routine maintenance, and work to fix the 50-metre pool would be put on hold until the program pool maintenance is done. The 50-metre pool has been closed for more than two years since March 2020. In your letter you say you appreciate the community’s ‘understanding and support’. Minister, will Gungahlin’s 50-metre pool open this year?

MS BERRY: I thank Ms Castley for her question. I know that she has regularly posted on her Facebook page. I hear that she has posted on her Facebook page about her concerns for the Gungahlin pool and the community’s frustration at the repairs that are occurring at the pool and the ongoing maintenance that occurs there. It is our aim to have the pool opened in August this year, assuming everything goes well with the maintenance of the program pool and the continuing repairs of the 50-metre pool.

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