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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 2 Hansard (18 March) . . Page.. 437..


MR BARR: The land has transferred to within the Economic Development Directorate. The government is going to clear the site and dispose of it for aged care.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Treasurer, is the government aware of any community groups that are interested in occupying all or part of the site?

MR BARR: The site is not available for occupation by community groups. It will cleared and made available for aged care. There is alternative community accommodation available in various locations around the city.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Wall.

MR WALL: Minister, once the redevelopment has been undertaken, will there be a retention of any part of that site, such as the former preschool area, for use by community groups?

MR BARR: I do not believe so. I understand that the buildings are not of a quality to be retained. There will be, of course, as part of a redevelopment, a range of opportunities for community facilities. But I would remind the member that there is a $55 million world-class facility with significant community space available about 200 metres down the road from the existing site.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Wall.

MR WALL: Minister, what is the government's time line for redevelopment of the site?

MR BARR: As soon as possible. I understand demolition is aimed for in this calendar year.

Education—gifted and talented policy

MR GENTLEMAN: My question is to the Minister for Education and Training. Minister, I refer you to the recent release of the new gifted and talented policy for ACT public schools. Can you inform the Assembly of the key points of this policy and how it will lift the bar for the quality of gifted and talented education in the ACT?

MS BURCH: I thank Mr Gentleman for his interest. The new gifted and talented policy does strengthen the government's commitment to meet the needs of these students in public schools and forms part of our commitment to the national education reform agenda. The policy aims to help the identification and development of these students to ensure that they reach their full potential and that high-performing students will have an education tailored to their individual needs.

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