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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 13 Hansard (14 December) . . Page.. 4238..

Mr Stanhope

: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) The ACT Government initiated the Training Pathway Guarantee as a budget initiative in mid 2004. The program was evaluated in February 2005 and a revised implementation, including additional career counselling, was undertaken in 2005-06.

In June 2005, I approved the allocation of $49,450 from the Training Pathway Guarantee funds to the Indigenous Traineeship Support Program run by the Recreation Industry Training Council.

The Training Pathway Guarantee program has funded a total of 77 students to undertake vocational training. It has made a real difference to the individuals who have accessed training and to others who have evaluated their options after career advice.

The Indigenous Traineeship Support Program has supported 23 Indigenous trainees. Seven have completed their traineeship, 12 are still in their traineeship and four have withdrawn from the program.

Planning—dwelling and work locations

(Question No 1294)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Business and Economic Development, upon notice, on 21 September 2006:

(1) In relation to Action 42 in the Economic White Paper, what action has been taken by the ACT Government to create a planning environment that enables people to live closer to their work locations;

(2) If action has been taken, what has been the response to this action;

(3) If no action has been taken, why not.

Mr Stanhope

: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) The Canberra Spatial Plan (March 2004) provides a planning framework for the development of Canberra over the next 30 years and identifies a more compact city as a key strategic direction, reinforced with the specific objective of minimising travel time and journey distance between urban residential areas and the main centres of employment and services for the ACT and surrounding NSW.

A compact city is being achieved through two broad initiatives of this Government: higher density housing within the city centre, in town and group centres, and along major transport routes; and secondly, through the release of greenfield urban land close to established and growing employment centres.

Key policy initiatives include:

    • planning for the Molonglo Valley whose centre is approximately 7.5km from Civic, Belconnen and Woden. Molonglo will have excellent road and public transport links, and will provide opportunity for local employment in a number of centres;

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