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 »

Jun 192014
 

A North Canberra Community Council survey shows that North Canberra residents want the Braddon Club site to remain available for community purposes such as recreation, community activities or a playing field.

“The Braddon Club site was part of the Northbourne Oval from 1925 until 1998. In 2006 the Canberra Raiders paid $420,000 for a lease that allows them to use the site only for the purpose of a club, and prevents them from selling it without the approval of the planning and land authority. They have closed the club on the grounds that it was not profitable. They are currently making several hundred thousand dollars per year by operating the site as a commercial car park, in contravention of the Territory Plan. Continue reading »

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