Page 5190 - Week 12 - Wednesday, 27 October 2010

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MRS DUNNE: I would encourage the minister to provide members of this place with the copies of the representations that he has already made, those which he said he has made to Minister Burke and to the Murray-Darling Basin Authority, and then to continue to provide the Assembly with those submissions as we go ahead. He has undertaken, through his revised amendments, to report regularly to the Assembly. Part of that reporting, at least in that context, should be the submissions that have been made on this.

This will be an issue that we return to quite frequently. Those around the place who do not think that water is important had better learn or suck it in, because we will be back here time and again to deal with this issue while ever the future of the ACT is in jeopardy in the way that it currently is.

I thank members for their constructive approach to this important issue. While I am disappointed that my motion has been significantly amended, I think that the importance of the issue still shines through despite the amendments. I thank members for their contributions today.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.

Gungahlin—swimming pool

MR HANSON (Molonglo) (4:39): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes that:

(a) the people of Gungahlin do not have the same access to swimming pools as is enjoyed by people living in other areas of Canberra;

(b) on 4 August 2008 Labor Member for Molonglo and Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation, Andrew Barr MLA, committed the ACT Labor Government to building a 50 metre pool in Gungahlin;

(c) in response to a question without notice asked on 19 October 2010, Andrew Barr MLA refused to commit the Government to honour its election promise of building a 50 metre pool; and

(d) the people of Gungahlin have raised significant concerns with Andrew Barr’s refusal to commit to the Government’s election promise made on 4 August 2008 to build a 50 metre pool; and

(2) calls on the:

(a) ACT Government to confirm its commitment to its election promise to build a 50 metre pool in Gungahlin; and

(b) Government to provide to the Assembly the date by which the pool will be open and available for use by the residents of Gungahlin.

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