May 112016
 

city-and-northbourneMick Gentleman MLA Media Release 11/05/2016

Residents, community groups and businesses have voiced their opinion on the direction of the city centre and its prominent gateway, Northbourne Avenue. Over 300 Canberrans provided their suggestions for the urban renewal of Canberra’s premier centre and its gateway during consultation earlier this year.

“During the consultation, the community identified Garema Place, Haig Park and Sullivans Creek as high priority locations for improving public space in the heart of our city,” Minister Gentleman said.

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May 102016
 

On Tuesday (9 May) the ACT Government announced that household waste and recycling bins will not be collected on Friday 13 May 2016 due to industrial action by the drivers employed by collection contractor SUEZ.

They are advising Canberra’s residents whose waste and recycling bins are scheduled for collection this Friday to leave their bins out on the kerb as missed collections are likely to be picked up on Saturday 14 May 2016. This will be confirmed before Friday. Continue reading »

Dec 062015
 

smokingThe ACT Government is committed to protecting the public from the harms associated with smoking and exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke.  One way of doing this is to create smoke-free areas in public spaces.

Currently in the ACT, the Smoke-Free Public Places Act 2003 prohibits smoking in all enclosed public places, at outdoor eating and drinking areas, at underage music functions and in cars when children are present.  Smoke-free policies also apply at various outdoor places, including on the grounds of ACT Health facilities, the Australian National University, Manuka Oval and GIO Stadium. Continue reading »

Nov 232015
 

Bldg_Reg_SysThis review of the building regulatory system is part of ongoing ACT Government reforms to ensure buildings meet contemporary standards – and the expectations of the community, industry practitioners and businesses and government alike.

The Government is proposing reforms to the regulatory system, with the primary focus on residential buildings—single dwellings, townhouses and apartment buildings—and management of retention and project payments. Some of the proposals also apply to non-residential buildings.

Anyone with an interest in building and construction is invited to have their say on the proposals outlined in the paper

For more information, go to http://haveyoursay.planning.act.gov.au/improving-the-act-building-regulatory-system

Oct 122015
 

Photo: Debate over where, and if, Floriade should be moved continues. 666 ABC Canberra: Jim Trail

As Canberra’s spring flower festival Floriade wraps up for another year, talk has now turned to the future of the aging event.

The ACT Government is looking for a new home for Floriade from 2017, as a tenure with the National Capital Authority for the use of Commonwealth Park expires.

The event has been held in Commonwealth Park for almost 30 years.

Chief Minister Andrew Barr has identified the smaller Glebe Park as a likely option for the event. Continue reading »

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