Page 3370 - Week 11 - Wednesday, 18 September 2013

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I believe the Taylor Primary School and the childcare centre will provide high levels of service and convenience for the local families. I am also pleased to have observed the high level of cooperation already evident between Communities@Work and the primary school in terms of future children’s programs and the use of facilities and services.

Innovation is also occurring during the Taylor preschool rectification project, to provide a 21st century learning environment which includes updated classroom configurations in the early education area of the school. We are also providing a media-rich flexible learning environment which includes interactive whiteboard technology. These innovations build on already successful models in our new schools, particularly our early childhood schools.

As with the recently opened early childhood school at Franklin, all innovation in regard to learning environments is based on research and consultation with educational experts and community stakeholders. I very much look forward to the opening of the school and very much look forward to the open day that is being planned so that all people in the community can come and be part of the celebration for a welcome back to Taylor Primary School for the local community.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Doszpot.

MR DOSZPOT: Minister, is the department providing financial support to parents at Taylor Primary School who currently have to send their children to other schools?

MS BURCH: It is my understanding that all the support offered to families once Taylor school was closed—to support the families in those decisions—has been maintained. I do look forward, as I said, to welcoming all those families back to Taylor Primary School at the beginning of the 2014 school term.

Ms Gallagher: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

ICT research—funding

Debate resumed.

MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo—Chief Minister, Minister for Regional Development, Minister for Health and Minister for Higher Education) (3.42): I thank Mr Gentleman for moving this motion today. It is hard to overstate the importance of digital technology and innovation. They go to every single function of government and every service we deliver to the Canberra community. They reach deep into business, health, education, transport, environmental management and community services.

Canberrans know this more than most. We are a highly innovative and connected city. The digital expertise in our community is one of our major economic advantages and one of the reasons the ACT government has a committed approach to encouraging technological innovation. This commitment is why we have supported NICTA for a decade as a major player in our innovation ecosystem and why we have begun the process of creating a truly digital Canberra.

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