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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 13 Hansard (14 December) . . Page.. 4237..


(4) If no progress has been achieved with this campaign, why not.

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

(1) This Action has not been progressed to date.

(2) This action has not been funded.

(3) See above.

(4) See above.

Information technology—centre of excellence

(Question No 1274)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Business and Economic Development, upon notice, on 21 September 2006:

(1) In relation to Action 22 in the Economic White Paper, what action has been taken to establish, as an integrated project with the National Information and Communication Technology Australia Centre of Excellence, an information and communications technologies precinct in City West;

(2) Has this project been completed; if so, what have been the benefits; if not, why not.

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

(1) NICTA continues to be central to the development of a smart zone in Civic West. In December 2005 Leighton Properties signed a Deed of Development for the development of NICTA's landmark building in City West. Construction of the new building that will accommodate NICTA at 7 London Circuit commenced in January 2006. Works are progressing on schedule with completion expected in September/October 2007. NICTA expect to relocate to the new building in October/November 2007.

In addition, the aim is to connect the potential of Canberra's research and development capability resident within the ANU, CSIRO, University of Canberra and NICTA to the commercialisation infrastructure of industry.

(2) The project is ongoing.

Employment—training pathway guarantee

(Question No 1285)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Business and Economic Development, upon notice, on 21 September 2006:

(1) In relation to Action 33 in the Economic White Paper, has the Training Pathway Guarantee been introduced; if so, what benefits have been achieved from this Guarantee; if not, why not.


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