Page 1487 - Week 05 - Wednesday, 1 June 2022

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MS STEPHEN-SMITH: I do not believe that it will. It does depend on what time frame you are looking at. Obviously, we had the initial delay in the suspension of category 2 and 3 elective surgeries at Calvary Public Hospital in Bruce. My understanding is that about 500 elective surgeries at that time were postponed as a result of that decision. If you include that, I still do not think we will get to 1,500 elective surgeries having been delayed, but that may be the case. My understanding is that we will definitely not meet our 14,800 target for this financial year. It may be that we do not even get to 14,000. We are still working through exactly what those numbers will look like. We are doing everything we can to get through as much activity as we can with the workforce challenges that every jurisdiction is facing.

Gungahlin—swimming pool

MR BRADDOCK: My question is to the Minister for Sport and Recreation. Minister, can you please provide an update on the Gungahlin Leisure Centre 50-metre pool maintenance and repair?

MS BERRY: Thank you, Mr Braddock. I know that Mr Braddock and other members for Yerrabi are interested in the progress on the Gungahlin Leisure Centre pool. I can say that Kynetic Construction and Management Services, which is the contractor, has been working hard to continue its restoration of the 50-metre pool. The tiling of that pool has commenced and is almost complete.

As members will know, the program pool closed on 16 May for routine maintenance work. Initially, the program pool was scheduled for closure for regular maintenance at the end of 2022, but the decision was made to close that pool earlier so that it would not interfere with the repair and remediation of the 50-metre pool rectification works. There was some moisture ingress within the eastern wall of the 50-metre pool, which has been rectified. The advice that has been received was that completing the maintenance work on the program poo” as I said, would minimise the disruption to the 50-metre pool. So we now anticipate that the 50-metre pool repairs will be complete by the middle of this year.

MR BRADDOCK: Minister, is there any indication as to when the program pool will be reopened?

MS BERRY: I am assuming that it is around the same time as the 50-metre pool will be back on deck. But if it is different to that, I will let the Assembly know.

MR DAVIS: Minister, can you assure the people of Tuggeranong that the same issues will not beset the Lakeside Leisure Centre pool in Tuggeranong, particularly given the planned investment in the new hydrotherapy pool at that location?

MS BERRY: Pools are notoriously challenging and can form leaks for a variety of different reasons. What I can assure the Tuggeranong community is that, should any issues arise—I am not aware of any, and there has recently been repairs and maintenance done at the Tuggeranong pool—they will be rectified and the community will be made aware of them. As I said, the maintenance program at Tuggeranong has

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