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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 5 Hansard (2 May) . . Page.. 1815..


The government will support the education and care sector to deliver initiatives which contribute towards these key objectives. One major initiative which the government is proud to support is the development of a media campaign to promote the education and care sector. The government has invested $161/2 thousand in this initiative because it understands that strengthening the workforce will open up opportunities, and that is needed in the sector.

By working together, we will promote this work in educating and caring for Canberra's youngest citizens—those that are in college and those that are looking to participate in the workforce. This campaign and other innovative strategies will serve to increase the capacity of the education and childcare workforce to meet the growing demand. Just yesterday we made an announcement of the recipients of a scholarship program to receive support for certificate III training.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Seselja.

MR SESELJA: Minister, could you give the Assembly an update on the Macarthur preschool site. Is it being demolished? If so, why? What is being done to avoid vandalism at the site and to avoid the site becoming an eyesore?

MS BURCH: As I understand it, that property is not owned by the Community Services Directorate, but I do understand that it is earmarked and has been identified for sale and that it will come on line within the next couple of months for sale.

Parking—Griffith shops

MS LE COUTEUR: My question is to the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services and is in relation to parking and traffic measures proposed as part of construction of a residential development opposite Griffith shops. Local residents told me they were not sent letters about the proposal and so nearly missed out on the opportunity of raising their concerns. It was only after my office raised the issue with the developer's consultant, and under pressure from residents and businesses—

MS GALLAGHER: Excuse me, Mr Speaker. I cannot hear the question.

Mr Smyth interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Order!

MS GALLAGHER: I could hear part of it, but—

Opposition members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Order, members! Thank you, members.

Mr Smyth interjecting—

MS GALLAGHER: Mr Smyth, your interjections meant that I could not hear all of it.


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