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health, in education and in the community services directorates, as well as within Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development. We are also providing more resources to help take pressure off staff working in high demand areas of service delivery, including through Access Canberra and the working with vulnerable people scheme.
On this side of the chamber we understand that having a professional, skilled and secure workforce is critical to delivering high quality services in our community, which is why we are growing our investment in staff across the ACT public service.
MS CODY: Chief Minister, how will the 2018 budget back local businesses and private sector job creation?
MR BARR: I thank Ms Cody for the supplementary. The 2018 budget invests very heavily in health, education, transport and housing infrastructure. This is infrastructure that a growing city will need in the years ahead. It means we are also continuing to support strong private sector job growth creation. The budget delivers more funding to progress the planning and approval of stage 2 of the light rail project, as well as the commencement of design on a series of enabling infrastructure works in and around the Woden town centre. We have also set aside almost $600 million over the forward estimates—
Ms Orr: A point of order, Madam Speaker.
MADAM SPEAKER: Chief Minister, can you resume your seat. Ms Orr.
Ms Orr: Members opposite have been having discussions throughout the whole answer. While not very loud, it has made it very difficult to hear the Chief Minister.
MADAM SPEAKER: Thank you, Ms Orr. I remind members that I cannot stop you having private conversations, but can you keep it down so other people can hear.
MR BARR: As I was saying, we have set aside almost $600 million over coming years to build new hospital infrastructure, including the SPIRE centre and an expanded Centenary Hospital for Women and Children. There is a brand-new primary school being built for Molonglo. There are additional places for students at four local schools in Gungahlin as well as the next phase of development of a new school to address Gungahlin’s ongoing population growth.
The 2018 land release program sets out a plan to deliver 17,000 new dwelling sites across our city over the next four years, and this represents a clear pipeline of both infill and new suburban estate development. In combination, all of these initiatives generate further opportunities for local businesses and support the creation of more good, long-term, secure jobs as we continue to invest in Canberra’s future.
MS LEE: My question is to the Minister for Planning and Land Management. Minister, CRS has applied to the ACT government to purchase block 11 section 8, a