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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 02 Hansard (Tuesday, 9 February 2021) . . Page.. 311 ..


MS BERRY: I thank Mr Braddock for his question. I know that the Gungahlin community and the members for Yerrabi have been very disappointed and frustrated at the closure of Gungahlin pool, in June. It is incredibly frustrating, and I share the community’s frustration. I understand that the issues that are occurring at the pool are based on the tiles falling off and that there will be repairs done to the pool to remediate the membrane and the tiles in the pool. That will be publicised in about hour by the Chief Minister, in the budget.

MS BERRY: I understand the concern of the community, so as soon as I have information about how that incident occurred at the pool I will provide that to the Assembly.

Mr Hanson: We do not have to go to the front desk for that!

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, that is enough.

MR BRADDOCK: Minister, when is the pool scheduled to be ready for use by Gungahlin residents?

MS BERRY: I really do not have an answer on that at the moment. I know that that will be frustrating for the community as well. As soon as I have some advice on the extent of the repairs, the cost of the repairs and the length of the time that the pool will be closed to do those repairs, I will make sure that I provide that detail to the Assembly and to the community. I just do not have that information—

Mr Hanson: Why don’t we get all this information—

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, please!

MS BERRY: I just do not have that information to hand at the moment. Again, the government is taking the advice of experts on the repairs that need to be made at the pool, and when we have that advice in full detail I will provide that information.

Mr Hanson: They are pretty sensitive about their dorothy dixers from last time.

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, that is three times I have called you to order; do not make it four.

MS CLAY: Minister, given that the pool was built just six years ago, will ratepayers be required to pay for the repairs?

MS BERRY: I refer the member to my previous answers. As soon as I have some more information that I can provide to the Assembly and the community, I will.

Schools—infrastructure projects

DR PATERSON: My question is to the Minister for Education and Youth Affairs. Minister, last week was an exciting week for students, the first week of the 2020-21 school year. How did students settle back into school?


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