The increasingly shrill efforts of the ACT Government to convince the public of the wisdom of building a grand new centralised mega structure to house itself (less the Gungahlin penal battalion) in Civic have reached a new crescendo with Andrew Barr announcing the construction will educate the young and indigenous!
The proposed ACT Government office block will help around 200 young Canberrans complete their skills training on a unique environmentally friendly project, with a minimum of 10 percent of workers on the project to be apprentices, trainees and young indigenous people.
The Master Builders Association of the ACT calculates that major projects in the ACT generate up to 7 jobs for every $1 million invested. The estimated investment of $281 million in the building will support about 2,000 jobs over the life of the project, 10 per cent of which will be filled by apprentices and indigenous Canberrans.
The ACT Government office block is an investment in sustainability. Because the building will feature the very latest in low energy emission design and technology, the project will provide a rare opportunity for Canberrans to learn the skills they will need to build the sustainable buildings that will be increasingly needed in the lower carbon economy of the future.
How will our heart strings bear such tugging! But wait, here’s a line of thinking which might explain a great deal of policy:
the building industry is the bedrock of any economy.
There I was thinking it was a food surplus.