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Arboretum goes solar in nation’s climate action capital

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

New solar panels and battery storage at the National Arboretum Canberra will reduce the ACT’s greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated 28.5 tonnes per year, Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability Shane Rattenbury announced today.

“The installation of a 30 kilowatt solar panel system, supported by battery storage, replaces the large diesel generator at the Arboretum’s horticulture works depot,” Minister Rattenbury.

Climate action: Sub-national governments getting the job done

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

The ACT’s new partnership with Parkes Shire Council and Lismore City Council will enable all three cities to learn from each other to better tackle climate change, Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability Shane Rattenbury said today.

Minister Rattenbury will today meet with Parkes Mayor, Ken Keith OAM, and Lismore Mayor, Isaac Smith as part of the Cities Power Partnership, a network of 70 Australian governments and councils that represent the interests of over 7 million Australians.

Urban heat islands: The heat is on

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

A new CSIRO report commissioned by the ACT Government identifies Canberra neighbourhoods that are hotter due to the ‘urban heat island effect’.

“The urban heat island effect happens when pavements, roads and buildings absorb the sun’s heat and radiate it back day and night, increasing the temperature, and stopping the city from cooling down.

Supporting retirement village residents to know their consumer rights

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

With Canberrans aged 55 years and over most likely to fall victim to scams, a proactive education and awareness program is now underway across retirement villages to empower residents to know their consumer rights.

Minister for Consumer Affairs Shane Rattenbury joined Access Canberra compliance officers at an information session at a retirement village in Downer to see the program underway.

Detainees contributing to a more sustainable AMC

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

Thanks to its new recycling program, the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC) has reduced the waste it sends to landfill by 46 per cent.

The program, established in July 2017 alongside other new industries at the AMC, also employs eight detainees.

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