Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 6 Hansard (2 September) . . Page.. 1766 ..
MR STEFANIAK: Again, Mr Quinlan, that may well be part of that $100,000. So I will take that question on notice. Since July 1996 I would imagine that women's soccer would have received certain moneys from other sources such as sports grants. I do not have that figure readily available for you, but I will seek to get that as well.
MR WOOD: My question to the Chief Minister concerns the Office of Asset Management. Chief Minister, on 13 November last year, and again on 21 May this year, I asked questions here about future uses for the empty Erindale police station, mentioning the vandalism suffered by the John Knight Hostel while it was left empty for two years. On 21 May, Mr Smyth replied:
I share with Mr Wood his concern over the long delays that occurred, particularly with the John Knight Hostel, which stood empty for a long period of time and was indeed vandalised.
On 28 May, Mr Humphries entered the debate, as the management of the police station was then under his portfolio. He said:
This is a valuable asset and its future also forms an integral part of the future of the Erindale group centre. I hope to be in a position to make a statement to the Assembly during the next sitting week on the use of the facility.
We are still waiting for that announcement. My question today, which is related, concerns Lower Jindalee, the former aged persons property which has been used intermittently since the sale of Upper Jindalee but is currently empty. What is being planned for Lower Jindalee? I hope that it will not suffer the fate of the John Knight Hostel and the Erindale police station. Can you provide an answer yet on the use of Erindale police station as well?
MS CARNELL: It is a very broad-ranging question. It is certainly true that Lower Jindalee has been used for a number of purposes. The reason I am aware of this is that I was Health Minister at the time, not because I am Minister responsible for assets management. Initially on closure, Lower Jindalee was used for respite purposes for a period of time. A number of other possible longer-term uses of Lower Jindalee have been looked at, together with the amount of money that would be required to refurbish it for the purposes involved. They were all community purposes. One of them, from memory, was a multicultural resource centre, but there have been others.
The basis of the formation of the Office of Asset Management was to make sure that in the future these sorts of facilities that were determined to be of no further use to the department involved would transfer to the Office of Asset Management and be treated as assets of the Territory and to determine the best possible use of those assets. A decision still needs to be taken - there is a good reason why it has not been taken yet - on whether Lower Jindalee is used for community purposes or whether it is sold for residential purposes or whatever.