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(3) Has this project been completed; if so, what did the feasibility study recommend and what action will the Government now take to enclose the Civic Pool; if not, when will it be completed;

(4) Why was there a need to undertake this feasibility study given that the former Liberal Government also funded a feasibility study for a permanent cover for the Civic Pool.

Mr Hargreaves: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) & (2) The allocation of $70,000 made in the 2004-05 budget for forward design of the Civic Pool permanent enclosure and refurbishment, provided for a review of the principal findings of the 2001 feasibility study by a specialist leisure consultant to determine whether those findings remained valid in the light of recent developments in the aquatics industry.

The department also commissioned a Conservation Management Plan for the site, in recognition of the Pool’s heritage status and a recommendation of the 2001 study. This Plan has established guidelines for the facility’s redevelopment in line with its heritage status.

Funding was also used to obtain specialist advice from the same consultant to assist in developing specifications for the new management contract for Civic Pool and Lakeside Leisure Centre that took effect from 1 July 2005.

The allocation of $70,000 has been fully expended.

(3) The project has been completed. However, as noted above, the project was not a feasibility study. The review of the 2001 study essentially supported the earlier findings in terms of the design principles and components to be included in the redevelopment. The Conservation Management Plan allows for a permanent enclosure structure, subject to certain guidelines. The exterior of the main buildings must be retained but the interiors may be reconfigured. The eventual design will need to recognise these constraints.

The Government will again consider funding the project as part of the 2006-07 budget, subject to other capital works priorities. Completion timing will be dependent on funding and the programming of works.

(4) As noted in 3 above, this project was not a feasibility study. Some additional work was necessary to progress aspects of the 2001 study and issues relating to the management of the Civic Pool, such as the Conservation Management Plan.

Kippax library
(Question No 532)

Mr Stefaniak asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice, on 24 August 2005:

(1) What was the total year’s capital expenditure on the Kippax Library project in 2004-05;

(2) Has this project been completed; if not, why not and when will it be completed;

(3) Will this project be delivered on its allocated budget of $3.5 million.

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