Over $3 million to support battery storage roll-out

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

Six companies have just received grants to support the roll-out of solar battery storage in Canberra homes and businesses, Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability Shane Rattenbury announced today.

A range of proposals were received from local and national businesses for this third stage of the Next Generation Energy Storage grants program.

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One month to go: Have your say on the new Office for Mental Health

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

Minister for Mental Health Shane Rattenbury is encouraging Canberrans with an interest in mental health services to participate in the consultation on the establishment of Canberra’s first ever Office for Mental Health, which closes in one month.

“Establishing the Office is an exciting chance for us to hear from the community about what they see as the key challenges in the ACT mental health system, and how the new Office can address these challenges in the future,” Mr Rattenbury said.

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ACT well prepared for UN Treaty ratification

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

The ACT Government welcomes the Australian Government’s ratification of the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture (OPCAT) with the formal lodgment of documents at the UN in New York today.

Minister for Corrections Shane Rattenbury said the Protocol commits Australia to preventive measures against torture and other inhumane treatments in closed environments.

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New portal helping Canberrans be smart and safe shoppers

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

A new fair trading online portal was launched today by Minister for Consumer Affairs Shane Rattenbury, providing a one stop shop for consumer and business fair trading information.

“The new portal comes at a great time as consumers and businesses alike are seeing increased activity with the festive season well upon us and the Boxing Day sales around the corner,” Mr Rattenbury said.

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ACT energy efficiency program makes low income households a priority

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

A new partnership between ActewAGL and the ACT Government will help low income households reduce their energy consumption and save money on gas and electricity bills.

Today, Shane Rattenbury, Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability and Yvette Berry, Minister for Housing, announced a joint initiative to improve energy efficiency and lower energy bills in the ACT’s public housing sector.

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Christmas toy safety inspections: keeping Canberra kids safe

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

Access Canberra has now finished its annual toy inspections at a number of ACT retail outlets to ensure that children’s toys and summer play equipment are safe for Canberra kids this Christmas.

Access Canberra inspectors checked 37 stores across the city which sell children’s toys and aquatic toys as well as baby bath products. Of the checks undertaken, the inspectors found only one pool toy which needed a revision to its safety warning.

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Helping low income households lower their emissions and their energy costs

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

Canberrans living in low income households can significantly reduce their energy bills under a new program announced today by Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability Shane Rattenbury.

“Actsmart’s solar for low income households program will offer greater assistance to households most in need by helping bring down their energy costs – with estimated savings of $300 to $900 a year,” Mr Rattenbury said.

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Want to work with wind turbines? CIT courses now available

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

Australia’s wind industry now has the option to undertake accredited wind training without leaving our shores with the Canberra Institute of Technology offering new, globally-accredited wind training, Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability Shane Rattenbury and Minister for Higher Education, Training and Research Meegan Fitzharris announced today.

Two training courses approved by the Global Wind Organisation (GWO) are now available in the ACT and region.

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New partnership with Winnunga to deliver services in the Alexander Maconochie Centre

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

Winnunga Aboriginal Health and Community Services (AHCS) has commenced enhanced support at the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC) focused on female detainees, and will move to full delivery of standalone health, social and emotional wellbeing services in the AMC in 2018, Minister for Justice Shane Rattenbury has announced.

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Achieving net zero emissions by 2045: Community consultation launched

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability Shane Rattenbury will today launch a discussion paper that proposes that the ACT, in line with advice from eminent climate scientists, sets a target to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045.

In launching the paper, Minister Rattenbury invited Canberrans to join the discussion on how we can become a smarter, more sustainable and more liveable city.

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