Page 4002 - Week 13 - Wednesday, 30 October 2013
MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Ms Berry.
MS BERRY: Minister, has the government provided any assistance for the space and spatial innovation precinct at Stromlo?
MR BARR: The government has indeed provided assistance for the space and spatial innovation partnership at Mount Stromlo. We are a strong supporter of this project, which will be a key plank in the long-term growth and diversity of Canberra’s economy. The aim of the partnership is to create new jobs, expand exports and grow revenues by up to $12½ billion per annum.
Leading space and spatial industry and research organisations, led by the Canberra company Electro Optic Systems and the ANU, established the partnership in response to the former government’s call for applications under its industry innovation precincts program. To support the partnership we have pledged in-kind support of $120,000 per year by providing the services of a business development case manager to the partnership to give businesses access to the government’s business development services.
In addition, we have agreed to look at the business case for providing the partnership with a capital injection for the development of an incubator facility at Mount Stromlo. Commonwealth funding for this program is now under review. But, given the importance of the project, if those opposite would like to do a little to help the local economy they could, indeed, lobby their federal colleagues to recognise the importance of this partnership and to urge them to fund the program.
MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Coe.
MR COE: Minister, does the government have an industry policy with regard to clubs and poker machines?
MR BARR: The government has an MOU with ClubsACT.
MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Gentleman.
MR GENTLEMAN: Minister, what specific initiatives have been funded under the global connect policy?
MR BARR: There are a number of initiatives that the government is funding under the global connect policy. This includes the trade connect program, which is a competitive grants program providing funding to emerging ACT exporters to support trade development activities. Through the ACT exporters network, we are providing a unique forum for new and experienced exporting companies to network, share knowledge and to expand and develop export markets. The trade mission program provides an annual outbound ministerial trade mission to support local companies in partnership with Austrade.