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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 04 Hansard (Tuesday, 24 March 2015) . . Page.. 1070 ..

We have seen the strength of trust in this government in the quality of participants in our capital metro project. The industry briefing that Minister Corbell and I hosted last year saw over 370 people from more than 250 organisations flock here to find out more about how they can invest in our economy and our future. They did not just come from around Australia or from around the region. They came from around the world to be involved in this project.

It is testament to the territory’s attractiveness to investors that so many nationally and internationally respected companies wanted to be involved in this project from the beginning. Because of our hard-won reputation as a reliable destination for investment, the government could choose from four world-class consortia for the delivery of the first stage of Canberra’s light rail network.

The two consortia that we have shortlisted include some of the world’s best rail and infrastructure businesses, alongside local champions. The first stage of our city’s light rail network will deliver more than 3,500 jobs during construction and more than $1 billion of benefits to our economy.

Together with the legislation that we have passed today to support the University of Canberra’s growth, we are supporting investment in our economy. This means, Mr Assistant Speaker, opportunity for business, opportunity for workers and opportunity for our community.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

The Assembly adjourned at 4.54 pm.

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