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Public Swimming Pools

MS McRAE: My question is directed to Mr Stefaniak in his capacity as Minister for Sport. Mr Stefaniak, my question relates to the management of swimming pools in the ACT. Minister, can you assure me that there is no proposal to shift the management of public pools to the private sector?

MR STEFANIAK: I thank the member for the question. Of course, this question will be looked at in the context of the budget and the best way of operating our swimming pools, so I can say that it is a question that we are considering. Rest assured, though, that, whatever decision we make, we are absolutely determined to ensure that the community has full and proper access at proper and reasonable rates and prices to swimming facilities and sporting facilities in the ACT.

MS McRAE: I ask a supplementary question. Could you further assure me, Minister, that any change to private sector control will occur only after a completely open and competitive tendering process?

MR STEFANIAK: I cannot see any reason why that would not be the case, Ms McRae. That would be normal procedure.

Residential Leases - Operation of Businesses

MR MOORE: My question is addressed to Mr Humphries as Minister for the Environment and Planning. Mr Humphries, by now, I understand, you will have received some correspondence from representatives of RORE - Restoring Our Residential Environment - regarding trash pack businesses operating from residential leases. I do not think I need to actually name the particular spot in Tuggeranong. Can you please inform the Assembly what action you intend to take to ensure that disruptive and environmentally questionable businesses do not operate in residential areas, contrary to their lease purpose clauses?

MR HUMPHRIES: Mr Speaker, I can recall receiving a letter from RORE. It may be that I have received more than one letter from RORE, in fact. I recall a number of issues being raised either in one letter or in a number of letters from that organisation. Having looked at the concerns that they raised, I have asked my department to provide advice to me on that subject. Either that has not yet occurred or it has not yet reached the top of my in-tray. Either way, I am very happy to action that matter quickly if Mr Moore has a particular concern about it and, since we are now about to rise for a two-week break, to give him advice about that matter in the coming few days.

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