Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 7 Hansard (22 September) . . Page.. 2018 ..
MR SMYTH (continuing):
The eight cul-de-sacs evident in the precinct share access onto a community recreation area, with the individual identity of each street reinforced by its street plantings. Many of the cottages retain their original hedge plantings. The precinctual planning is thus significant. This variation was revised in response to issues raised during consultation.
I thank the Standing Committee on Urban Services for having considered the draft variation, and in its report No. 6 of September 1998 it endorsed the draft variation. I now table variation No. 79 to the Territory Plan for the Heritage Places Register.
Report on Review of Auditor-General's Report No. 1 of 1997 - Government Response
MR STEFANIAK (Minister for Education) (3.42): For the information of members, I present the Government's response to Public Accounts Committee Report No. 1 of the Standing Committee for the Chief Minister's Portfolio, entitled "Review of Auditor-General's Report No. 1, 1997 - Contracting Pool and Leisure Centres", which was presented to the Assembly on 24 June 1998. I move:
That the Assembly takes note of the paper.
I am pleased to present the Government's response to the report of the Standing Committee for the Chief Minister's Portfolio entitled "Review of Auditor-General's Report No. 1, 1997, Contracting Pool and Leisure Centres". In presenting this response, I am pleased to note that both the Auditor-General and the committee commented favourably overall on the management of the recreational facilities administered by the Department of Education and Community Services. The committee made four specific recommendations. One concerned the ACT Government Purchasing Manual, one dealt with the level of savings projected from the outsourcing arrangement, and two were in relation to the management of the Erindale Leisure Centre. The Government's response addresses these recommendations.
The Government's response reaffirms the need to ensure that government purchasing policies and arrangements promote efficiency and openness in tendering and purchasing by agencies. A review of purchasing policies and procedures is close to finality. In the course of the review it was decided to replace the ACT Purchasing Manual with the ACT Purchasing Policy Principles and Guidelines, which is being finalised. When these guidelines are available, copies will be provided to each member of the Assembly, as recommended by the committee.
The Government's response reaffirms the estimates of savings to be achieved by the outsourcing arrangements for pools and leisure centres. During this period the facilities will continue to offer a quality recreational experience for the community. The response also reports on the management arrangements in place for the Erindale Leisure Centre,