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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 7 Hansard (5 June) . . Page.. 1981 ..

MR STEFANIAK (continuing):

was a company bust-up with the preferred tenderer, but we eventually got there. Indeed, contracts were finally exchanged in the caretaker period in October or November of last year. I was a bit concerned because I had not heard what had happened since then. When I heard, on the grapevine, that there might be some further problems, I thought, "Oh no, here we go again! What next?"

I was delighted, when I drove past today, to see what I trust is the start. I saw that some fencing was going up around the site-a big cleared area near Benjamin Way. I trust I am not mistaken, and that this is at last the start of the pool.

As I said, I was somewhat loath to ask the question in this house about a month ago, because of the length of the project when we were in government. But I am certainly hopeful that this might be the start and that there will be no further problems. This is an excellent project. I announced the successful tenderer back in July or August of last year. It is a very exciting project and I sincerely hope it now goes ahead, with no further problems. Let us keep our fingers crossed and we can still have that challenge water polo match in the not too distant future.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

The Assembly adjourned at 5.57 pm.

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