Outstanding recycling results achieved at Multicultural Festival

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

Recycling at this year’s Multicultural Festival saw more than 8.5 tonnes of mixed recycling diverted from landfill, Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability Shane Rattenbury and Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Rachel Stephen-Smith announced today.

“As an event focused on food and fun that regularly attracts big crowds, there’s little doubt the Multicultural Festival creates a lot of waste,” Minister Stephen-Smith said.

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ACT Government welcomes Health Services Commissioner review

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

The ACT Government today welcomed the Health Services Commissioner’s Review of the Opioid Replacement Treatment Program at the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC).

Released today, the Review focuses on a number of aspects of the Opioid Replacement Treatment (ORT) program. The review was a recommendation of the Moss Review into the treatment in custody of Mr Steven Freeman.

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This long weekend, Canberra looks to Vision Zero

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

With three lives already lost on ACT roads this year, the ACT Government is again calling on Canberrans to drive safety and achieve ‘Vision Zero’—where no death on our roads is deemed acceptable, Minister Road Safety Shane Rattenbury said today.

“We as a community should not have to endure the heartbreak associated with road trauma. The government is committed to ensuring the ACT has the safest possible environment for all road users—but we need your help to make Vision Zero a reality,” Minister Rattenbury said.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Safety checks for thousands of show bag items

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

As the Royal Canberra Show kicks off, Access Canberra Fair Trading compliance officers have checked more than 1,000 items in hundreds of showbags to ensure they meet safety requirements.

The checks help to minimise the risk of public harm by ensuring that products provided in the showbags meet the mandatory product safety requirements under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL), Mandatory Product Safety Standards and Product Bans.

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Continued focus on Vision Zero in Road Safety Report

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

The Government’s road safety reforms are keeping people safer and contributing to the Territory’s low road toll.

Minister for Road Safety Shane Rattenbury today released the 2018 Road Safety Report Card, which shows that the implementation of recent road safety reforms has achieved a reduction in the number of fatalities on ACT roads.

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