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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 6 Hansard (13 June) . . Page.. 1612 ..

MR HUMPHRIES (continuing):

We have invested in Totalcare in things like the Williamsdale quarry and the incinerator, for that very reason-because it has the capacity to do extremely well in those fields. However, we are not going to tell them they should chase work for which they do not have the expertise and which may cause them to make serious losses, because if they did make losses, Mr Speaker, you can guess who would be to blame for that fact.

Lanyon shopping centre

MR OSBORNE: My question is to the Minister for Urban Services. Minister, can you confirm that some land around the Lanyon shopping centre is currently in the process of being reclassified from community use to retail? If so, why is this happening, and what specific advice has been provided to support such a change? It is block 6 section 227 at Conder.

MR SMYTH: Mr Speaker, I am not aware of that occurring. I will take the question on notice and find out for the member.

Belconnen pool

MR RUGENDYKE: My question is to Mr Stefaniak, the sports minister. Minister, on 27 April this year you wrote to me in response to questions I raised about the Belconnen pool project. As we know, the Kippax pool closed last week and that certainly highlighted the need for a pool in Belconnen, as promised in the last two elections. In that letter in April you advised me:

The tender process is currently under way for the development, finance and operation of the facility. Tenders closed on 15 March 2001 and detailed proposals are currently being assessed. I expect that an announcement of the preferred proponent is expected to be made by June 2001.

Now that it is almost halfway through the month, could you please advise the Assembly when the preferred tenderer will be announced?

MR STEFANIAK: I thank the member for the question, Mr Speaker. On Tuesday I was asking Mr Wheeler from my department basically that very question that you just asked me. Whilst I have absolutely no idea who has tendered, the current state of play, as he advised me, should be available in the next two weeks. The committee is writing up its report. It goes to a steering committee and once that gets the tick the successful tenderer can be announced. He has advised me that he expects that to take about another two weeks. So that time frame is still very much on line, Mr Rugendyke, it now being 13 June.

You mentioned the Kippax pool. I was very saddened to see that. I go to the gym there. Whilst I do not use the pool, about 200 people do. I hope that whatever needs to be done there is done by either the lessee or the owner of the premises so that those valuable facilities can be reopened and utilised, especially by the people of West Belconnen.

MR RUGENDYKE: Thank you, minister. I have a supplementary question. Have there been any developments which have caused any changes to the tender process or the direction that the government is headed with the construction of the pool?

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