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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 4 Hansard (6 May) . . Page.. 1122..


have the capacity to protect life, property and the environment as the city grows. Additionally, the government has provided funding of approximately $17 million over two years for the construction of a new fire and rescue station at south Tuggeranong.

As part of delivering improved access to justice to the ACT community, the government is delivering new court facilities through a public-private partnership, announced in December 2013. It will involve the protection and refurbishment of the existing Supreme Court building and the construction of a link building to the existing Magistrates Court building. The project will span three to four years and will engage with local industry, providing jobs during the construction phase, and the completed facility will also provide ongoing jobs in the management and maintenance of the facility over the term of the PPP agreement.

A clear demonstration of this government's ongoing commitment to supporting local jobs and listening to business needs was the recent announcement of an economic stimulus package to support the building and construction sector. This package is a direct response to the advocacy of our local industry groups for changes around lease variation and extension of time, and we anticipate that the stimulus measures will see up to $500 million in flow-through effects across the territory's economy.

The package also offers a boost for housing affordability through the accelerated development in Moncrieff. We want to see industry continuing to innovate in the construction of quality, affordable homes. The government's land release program now includes a pipeline of more than $500 million in landscape and civil works across greenfield and infill sites in the ACT.

As mentioned, the government's growth, diversification and jobs development strategy is focused on creating jobs by building strength in areas where Canberra has demonstrated competitive advantage and distinctiveness. The strategy has 26 separate initiatives across three strategic imperatives: creating the right business environment, supporting business investment and accelerating business innovation.

The strategy is a living document that aligns with various election commitments and government responses to other developments, including the ACT digital city strategy and study Canberra.

The government is involved in numerous major projects across the territory, such as the redevelopment of Westfield Woden, construction of a new Gungahlin office for the ACT public service and a range of significant capital works to support land release in Molonglo.

The government, through the Land Development Agency, also has a number of significant estate developments either underway or about to commence, including greenfield estates at Coombs, Denman Prospect, Moncrieff, Throsby and west Belconnen, and infill estates at Amaroo, Campbell, Lawson, Greenway and Kingston Foreshore. In total, EDD and the LDA have over $500 million of civil and landscape works in the pipeline: $500 million.


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