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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 6 Hansard (4 May) . .

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MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Wall.

MR WALL: Minister, how many dwellings are proposed for Thompson?

Mr Gentleman: I am sorry; I did not hear the question.

MR WALL: I will repeat it for the minister's benefit: minister, how many dwellings are proposed for Thompson?

MR GENTLEMAN: We have indicated that there could be up to some 3,500 dwellings, but in the conversation I had with TCC I mentioned upwards of 2,000 dwellings. It will be—

Opposition members interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Order! Mr Gentleman.

MR GENTLEMAN: It will be up to what the community feels for this particular area, whether the community actually wants to go ahead with this opportunity for Tuggeranong, and then the level of density it wants to see; whether it wants to see really a tight densification or a more open aspect for the area. It is quite early days and I am listening to all of these constituents. Indeed, we have EPD officials going out and talking to stakeholders on a one-to-one basis as we speak.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Wall.

MR WALL: Minister, what is the average block proposed per dwelling for Thompson?

MR GENTLEMAN: There is not any proposed block size at this stage. As I said, these are early days. We are talking to the community about what they would like to see there. Of course, those plans would go in through the territory plan variation and the DA process as well.

Small business—innovation partnerships program

MS BURCH: My question is to the Minister for Small Business and the Arts. Minster, can you tell us how the ACT government small business innovation partnerships program you launched last Friday provides benefits for both small business and the government?

DR BOURKE: The small business innovation partnerships program has been carefully crafted to address the needs of both the ACT government and local small to medium-size enterprises. The program is about connecting ACT government directorates with innovative businesses to co-design solutions and deliver quality outcomes for the ACT public sector. The small business innovation partnerships program will foster a cultural innovation within the ACT government, driving


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