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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 04 Hansard (Thursday, 10 April 2008) . . Page.. 1394 ..

1. The Project Agreement between the Territory and Sports Centres Australia Pty Ltd (SCA) required that SCA provide certain “core facilities” which were as follows:

(a) a heated 50 metre indoor pool with moveable bulkhead;

(b) seating for 800 spectators;

(c) timing equipment and public address system;

(d) an aquatic pool incorporating water activities and which is convertible to a three lane 25 metre warm-up area.

As such, it was not required to meet international standards for officially recognising swimming records. The centre was always envisaged as being a quality facility for meeting local ACT needs for competition and leisure swimming, a role it has performed satisfactorily.

2. The requirements of an international standard pool for competition as set out by FINA, swimming’s international peak body, are extensive but the current configuration meets the minimum standard for a competition pool in terms of depth and length. Pools for major competition, such as those at the Australian Institute of Sport, are required to be a uniform depth of at least 2 metres. If a pool of this type had been required at CISAC, this would have severely compromised its value and usefulness as a community leisure pool. CISAC has a shallow end 1.3metres in depth. Without a shallow end of this configuration there would be a significant limitation on its capacity for accommodating a range of programs such as learn to swim and aqua aerobics.

3. See Question 1 – the pool was not required to meet international standards.

4. Public Interest Disclosures have been received and dealt with.

Public service—advertising
(Question No 1983)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 1 April 2008:

(1) In relation to advertisements and promotion, how much will be spent in the 2007-08 financial year on advertising, promotion, the dissemination of policy information or other information which included the Minister’s photograph and/or a message from the Minister;

(2) What is the individual breakdown for print media, television, radio and other media such as brochures including direct mail by (a) the Minister’s Office, (b) the Minister’s department or agency, (c) another agency/department or Minister’s office on behalf of the Minister or the department/agency;

(3) Did the Minister or the Minister’s office approve the publication in each case;

(4) How much has been allocated for these activities in the 2007-08 financial year to date by the (a) Minister’s office and (b) department/agency.

Ms Gallagher: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

I am not prepared to authorise the use of the considerable resources that would be involved in providing the detailed information required to answer the Member’s question.

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