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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 07 Hansard (Wednesday, 23 June 2021) . . Page.. 1954 ..


diverse groups to learn and improve their swimming skills. Considering the success of the trial, will the government consider rollout of women-only swim times across Canberra?

MS BERRY: The pilot program that was conducted at Canberra Olympic Pool. Because of the closure, unfortunately, of the Gungahlin pool temporarily while it has repairs on its tiles those users at Gungahlin have been moving to Civic pool, so we have not been able to continue the trial or the program at Civic pool. But it is certainly something we are considering continuing once Gungahlin pool is back online.

We can certainly talk to the management of other pools to see whether there is an opportunity at other pools to roll out a program similar to that, but definitely when the Gungahlin pool is back online the trial is definitely something the ACT government wants to continue at the Civic pool.

MR BRADDOCK: Minister, can you update the Assembly on feedback you have received as a result of the trial from the community?

MS BERRY: It was positive feedback and that the same-gender swimming sessions should continue at the Canberra Olympic Pool. But that occurred during non-peak times. As I said, unfortunately COVID and the Gungahlin pool closing temporarily has meant that we have not been able to continue that program at Civic, but definitely positive feedback, and we want to continue that program once Gungahlin pool comes back online.

MS CLAY: Minister, when will you be rolling out this program to all the other electorates, including Belconnen.

MS BERRY: I have not made that commitment. What I have made a commitment to is investigating whether that would be—

Mr Hanson: Madam Speaker, if the minister has not made that statement, I assume the question is seeking an announcement of policy and would be out of order.

MS BERRY: Thank you, Mr Hanson!

Mr Hanson: My pleasure!

MADAM SPEAKER: Is this where I make the comment that the central table is much better behaved than yesterday?

A question, Ms Orr?

Emergency services—government support

MS ORR: My question is to the Minister for Police and Emergency Services. Minister, how is the government supporting police and emergency services?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Ms Orr for her support of our frontline service personnel. The ACT government is supporting our police and emergency services by


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