Page 1119 - Week 04 - Wednesday, 25 March 2015

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MR SMYTH: Minister, how have residents’ feedback and concerns about the childcare centre development at 113 Harrington Circuit, Kambah, been incorporated into the assessment of this development application?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Mr Smyth for his supplementary question. It is a routine process for the consultation and comments coming from the community on development applications to be looked at through the application and assessment process, and that is what the directorate and the authority are working through at the moment.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Minister, what parking and traffic arrangements will be put in place at the childcare centre at 113 Harrington Circuit, Kambah?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Mr Smyth for the supplementary question. The proposal in the development application called for a number of changes to parking operations for the block. As I recall, there were some 10 parking spaces towards the rear of the property, with access from the front left-hand side of the property and egress from the back right-hand side of the property into the adjoining street. That is about the level of detail that I have to mind. If there is any more detail needed, I can happily provide that.

Education—skills development

MS PORTER: My question is to the Minister for Education and Training. Minister, last year you launched the ACT government’s new skills training package known as skilled capital. Can you outline for the Assembly what skilled capital is and how it will support training and jobs in the ACT?

MS BURCH: I do thank Ms Porter for her interest in this, following her motion this morning on the public provision of technical training in TAFE and CIT. The ACT government are committed to the economic and job growth of the territory. Part of this is the continuing development of a training sector that is responsive to the needs of students, industry and employers. We are building on a system that addresses not just the skills we need now but the skills that we will need in the future.

The skilled capital initiative targets government funding to support training in areas of high skills need. It demonstrates the government’s commitment to developing a productive and highly skilled workforce that will help build the economic future and social capital of the ACT.

Skilled capital will provide $21 million over three years to skill Canberrans in the sectors that are the key drivers of our economy. Community services, information and communication technology, professional services, motor trades, hospitality, and retail and construction all rely on a steady supply of skilled workers. The government recognises and acknowledges the importance of these sectors to our continued prosperity. Because of the demand from the sectors, training in these areas will maximise the potential for improved employment outcomes.

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