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ABC News: Bushfire Plan

On the 14 August 2009 ABC News reported that the ACT Emergency Services Agency (ESA) in close liaison with the Department of Territory and Municipal Services and other key government and community stake-holders has reviewed the original ACT Strategic Bushfire Management Plan (SBMP) from January 2005 and is seeking community input on the next iteration of the plan – Version Two. The revised plan will provide an updated and clear guide on the management of bushfire risk in the Territory. Several residential areas including North Canberra have been included in a danger area referred to as the “Ember Zone” [youtube]hEV53P-D-a8&rel=0&showsearch=1[/youtube]

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Media: ACT Government – Sustainable Transport Action Plan

Both the ABC and WIN News Canberra ran stories on the ACT Government Sustainable Transport Action Plan (STAP) in their Monday 27 July, 2009 news bulletins: ABC News: “Transport Plan” [youtube]ts4MO6QEsS8&rel=0&showsearch=1[/youtube] WIN News: “All Aboard” [youtube]kBVqKTqJQ9w&rel=0&showsearch=1[/youtube]

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ABC News: Drivers stung with parking fee rise

ABC News is reporting the parking fees in Government Car Parks in the City West area will increase substantially from 6 July 2009: [youtube]VAlZd0gmHMA&rel=0&showsearch=1[/youtube] Parking fees for three of Canberra’s carkparks will nearly double from Monday. An all-day ticket at a City West car park, between Marcus Clarke Street and Gordon Street, will rise from $5 to $9.

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Roadworks creating problems for Pialligo residents and businesses

The ABC Canberra TV news provided the following report on the impact road construction and upgrades around the airport and entrance to the suburb of Pialligo is creating for residents and local businesses. Roads ACT have indicated that road-works should be complete by the end of July, but in the interim temporary traffic lights are being considered. [youtube]onZZ3WQBAzU&rel=0&showsearch=1[/youtube] The North Canberra Community Council encourages residents and businesses to contact the Council if they continue to have problems with access to the suburb after the temporary traffic lights are installed or there are unreasonable delays in the implementation of these temporary

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New park in Acton – Latin American Plaza

The Chief Minister has proposed that a park opened on 25 May 2009 on Childers Street in Acton be known as the Latin American Plaza and dedicated to the celebration of multiculturalism. Heads of diplomatic missions for Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Cuba, Venezuela, Uruguay, Peruand Brazil joined the Chief Minister on site for the opening, which also coincided with Argentina’s national day, Revolución de Mayo. [youtube]qtTnVKKUNWs&rel=0&showsearch=1[/youtube]

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New home for Majura ACT SES unit in Hackett

The Minister for Police and Emergency Services has officially opened the new home for the ACT State Emergency Service Majura unit at Hackett. The Majura ACT SES Unit has approximately 25 members. The functions of this Unit are storm response, support to land searches, logistical support and flood boat support for various operations and community events. Formerly the unit was located in the ACT village of Hall. [youtube]W87oqWP6OMU&rel=0&showsearch=1[/youtube]

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