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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 453 asked in the Legislative Council on 9 May 2019 by Hon Robin Scott

Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on

KAMBALDA AQUATIC CENTRE

453. Hon ROBIN SCOTT to the Minister for Regional Development:

(1) Was the Kalgoorlie Miner of 7 May 2019 correct in reporting that the minister told a journalist on Monday, 6 May, that there was unlikely to be provision in the budget for the $900 000 shortfall for refurbishment works to Kambalda's swimming pool?

(2) Will the minister confirm the following elements of the budget for Kambalda pool: a $3.1 million project cost; a $1.9 million WA Treasury loan; $287 000 of federal government community sporting infrastructure funding; and a $900 000 shortfall, which if funded by the Shire of Coolgardie, would reduce by that amount the shire's reserves for future economic and social infrastructure?

(3) Will the minister confirm that mining resource production from the Shire of Coolgardie has increased by 25 per cent from $2.5 billion to $3.1 billion in the past year, with a commensurate increase in royalties to government?

(4) What will the minister do to ensure that the children of Kambalda have a place to swim?

Hon ALANNAH MacTIERNAN replied:

(1)–(4) I was very pleased to see an article on 1 May about the tears of joy expressed by the people of Kambalda that the Shire of Coolgardie will be able to deliver them a pool given that the state government had supported the council's application for a $1.9 million WA Treasury Corporation loan. We understand that the pool, which has been closed since last year, can now go ahead. As it is at the moment, as the member said, the shire is proposing to use its reserves for those very purposes for social infrastructure. Our officers met with the Shire of Coolgardie last month. I am told that the issue of the pool was not raised with us and that it had its application in. If the shire feels that it needs further assistance, it is certainly free to put in applications, whether that is through the Goldfields–Esperance Development Commission or through the sporting funds, which regularly come out.