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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 13 Hansard (14 December) . . Page.. 4233..


Answers to questions

Economy—industry clusters

(Question No 1250)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Business and Economic Development, upon notice, on 20 September 2006:

(1) In relation to Action 2 in the Economic White Paper, what industry clusters have been identified;

(2) What action has been taken to facilitate the development of those industry clusters that have been identified so far;

(3) What results have been achieved to date in the development of competitive industry clusters.

Mr Stanhope: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) The industry clusters that have been identified became the priority industry sectors outlined in the Economic White Paper (refer Chapter 5).

(2) Development of these clusters has been facilitated by identifying areas of competitive advantage within the sectors, to profile and promote these advantages and to bring stakeholders together within the sectors to work together to maximise opportunities for industry investment and growth.

(3) Significant gains have been achieved across priority industry sectors in creating linkages within the sectors and connecting people, institutions and businesses into the ACT's innovation system to promote investment and growth.

Canberra region economic area

(Question No 1251)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Business and Economic Development, upon notice, on 20 September 2006:

(1) In relation to Action 3 in the Economic White Paper, what action has been taken to develop the concept of a Canberra Region Economic Area;

(2) What achievements have been made to date in the development of the Canberra Region Economic Area.

Mr Stanhope: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) The Canberra Region Economic Area concept, as described in the Economic White Paper, has not been progressed.

(2) The Government has a strong regional engagement program that is facilitated through various fora.


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