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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 8 Hansard (22 August) . . Page.. 2450..


MR BARR (continuing):

SMS messaging services, primarily providing anti-truancy capability as well as up-to-date information on school issues such as the cancellation of sporting events and excursion timetables for parents and students; electronic roll marking, removing the need for many hours of administrative staff time; in-school wireless capability, allowing full utilisation of ICT resources in schools; web-enabling the year 12 certification system, allowing on-line collection and assessment of web delivery of results; video on demand, video conferencing and video lessons; a podcast service; a parent portal, giving parents access to school and student material, including digital portfolios of students' work; and an on-line library, a centralisation of school libraries, on-line catalogues and on-line booking of resources.

Imagine parents being able to participate in on-line discussions and lessons, to check on line what homework has been set and being able to engage with their child's teacher through on-line video conferencing. That is why we are committed to providing the latest technology in schools, to create closer links between parents, children and teachers in the ACT and throughout the world.

Educational ICT is no longer the optional extra that it might have been some years ago. It is now an essential and vital component in curriculum delivery. This government's continued and sustained investment in ICT is critically important to the learning outcomes of our children. The smart schools, smart students initiative proves the government's ongoing commitment to educational ICT and to the provision of world-class, best practice technology tools and services for ACT public school students.

Planning—sections 84 and 89, Civic

DR FOSKEY: My question is to the planning minister. It concerns the development of sections 84 and 89 in Civic. This land was sold to Queensland Investment Corporation for about $13 million, plus the replacement of community facilities, a cost of about $18 million in all, in the late 1990s. In 2004, the permitted retail space was increased from 12,000 to 34,000 square metres and office space was increased from 16,000 to 49,000 square metres. In 2005, the minister called in a further development application, increasing office space to 64,000 square metres. In all, the increase of commercial space was from 56,000 to 103,000 square metres.

I believe that the total value of that land, with those permitted developments, is about $60 million or $70 million. I note that this year's budget papers refer to unbudgeted receipts from change of use charges for this development. Can the minister advise the Assembly of the valuation of these blocks before and after that expanded use and of the change of use charge use levied on Queensland Investment Corporation?

MR CORBELL: I thank Dr Foskey for the question. A change of use charge has been levied in relation to any lease variation for that site by the Queensland Investment Corporation. It has been levied at the statutory rate, which is 75 per cent of the change of use charge. The exact figures of before and after value and the level of change of use charge levy I will have to take on notice. I am happy to provide that information to Dr Foskey.


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