Housing developments for people, not profits

The ACT Greens have announced a landmark plan to put people, not developers, at the centre of housing.

“This plan is about putting the community first and making sure housing is affordable for people, not just profitable for developers,” said ACT Greens planning spokesperson Caroline Le Couteur.

“The Greens want to see new models of affordable housing that allow people to be involved in the shaping of their community and their developments. That’s why we want new models that disrupt the status quo – starting by bringing the Nightingale Housing Model to Canberra.

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Greens slam Canberra Liberals' health lies

The ACT Greens have slammed the Canberra Liberals’ secret health plans after Jeremy Hanson was forced to come clean about their plan to shut down the Tuggeranong and Gungahlin walk in centres today.

“The Canberra Liberals have spent the last year lying to the Canberra community about light rail costs, and twisting the truth on health care and hospitals, but now we can see their real plans,” said ACT Greens health spokesperson Indra Esguerra.

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Canberra Liberals must act after lifeline takes plebiscite related calls

Veronica Wensing, ACT Greens spokesperson for marriage equality, has condemned the Liberal Government'sa ppalling plebiscite legislation and called on the Canberra Liberals again to stand up to their Federal counterparts and to match the ACT Greens' funding commitment to LGBTI services

"This is devastating. Peoples' lives are being put needlessly at risk and the Canberra Liberals either don't care or support the dangerous plebiscite proposal that is hurting so many people and their families. 

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Funding for the Heart Foundation’s “Active Living” Program

The ACT Greens have committed $200K per year to continue funding for the ACT Heart Foundation’s very successful Active Living Program.

The program is at risk of ending because the ACT Government has not renewed its funding after this financial year.

“It would be a terrible outcome to lose the Heart Foundation’s Active Living program,” said Shane Rattenbury, ACT Greens spokesperson for transport.  

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Making housing more affordable for renters (and everyone!)

Making homes more affordable for renters

The ACT Greens are putting renters on the agenda this election, with initiatives that enable investors to help fix Canberra’s housing affordability problem, and cut costs for renters heating and cooling their homes.

"Only the Greens are sticking up for renters this election," said ACT Greens housing spokesperson Veronica Wensing.

"Almost one in three Canberrans rent, but they have been ignored by the other parties and failed by the market.

“Paying rent shouldn’t mean you can’t then afford to buy food, clothing, transport or go to the doctor - that’s not affordable."The average rent in Canberra has tripled since 2000 and workers on average incomes - like pre-school teachers, hairdressers, bakers, shop assistants, bricklayers, and many more - are struggling to pay rent and make ends meet. Workers on the minimum wage can't afford to rent anywhere.“

The Greens are the only party prepared to put the community first and take action. We will support new approaches to affordable housing, starting with establishing a non-profit property manager: HomeGround Real Estate.

"HomeGround will increase the supply of affordable rental homes in Canberra by facilitating landlords who want to rent out their properties below market rates. It redirects management fees back into an affordable housing fund," Ms Wensing said.

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Time for real action on affordable housing

The ACT Greens have continued to focus on affordable housing ahead of the October election, announcing they will develop a new housing affordability action plan and wherever possible will dedicate 10% of housing on all  government owned infill sites to affordable housing. 

“Housing affordability is a major priority for the Greens. We want young people to land on their feet, and to be able to afford a home,” said ACT Greens housing spokesperson Veronica Wensing.

“This generation of home-leavers is the first that will be worse off than their parents - and they are forecast to never be able to afford their own home. That should be reason enough to put affordable housing at the top of every government’s agenda.

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Protecting our bush capital

The Greens have announced a $15.5 million plan to protect our environment and reduce waste in the ACT to ensure that current and future generations can continue to enjoy our beautiful bush capital.

"Putting the community first means protecting what so many of us love here in Canberra - our beautiful hilltops, woodlands, national parks and wildlife for Canberrans now and in the future," said the ACT Greens spokesperson for Biodiversity and Conservation, Indra Esguerra. 

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Supporting vulnerable Canberrans

The ACT Greens have shifted gears in their Legislative Assembly campaign, from transport to a focus on affordable housing. The first in a series of announcements is a greater investment in existing crisis support services for Canberrans who don’t have a place to call home.

“In a peaceful, fortunate city like Canberra the number of people we are experiencing, or are at risk of homelessness, is unacceptable,” said Veronica Wensing, the Greens’ candidate for Yerrabi and spokesperson on housing.

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ACT Greens call for ban on pokie donations

Following the ACT Greens announcement yesterday to extend the federal PokiesLeaks campaign to the ACT, the Greens have called on the Liberal and Labor parties to support a ban on all pokie donations. 

"The Greens will always put people before pokies - in the Assembly and in the community. That means keeping profits from destructive poker machines out of political parties and out of our democratic processes,” said ACT Greens candidate and spokesperson on democracy Indra Esguerra. 

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ACT Greens making Canberra the Active Travel Capital

The Greens have announced the final plank of their transport plan - a plan to transform Canberra into the active travel capital where every member of our community can get around safely and easily.

“The Greens are putting the community first and making it easier to walk, cycle, and use public transport across Canberra,” said Veronica Wensing, ACT Greens spokesperson for women and social inclusion.

“We want to turn Canberra in to the active travel capital - a place where anybody can get around seamlessly with bikes, buses and light rail. 

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