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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ACT Greens call for secure funding of dedicated family violence crisis accommodation services

Caroline Le Couteur, MLA

Ahead of increased demand during the holiday season, the ACT Greens have called on the Government to provide more secure, long-term funding for dedicated family violence accommodation services in the ACT.

While additional funding (totalling $23.5m over four years) was provided to strengthen responses to family violence in the last two Budgets, no funds were directed to specialist crisis accommodation services assisting women and children escaping violence.

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Driving change: seven projects funded to improve road safety

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

Seven community road safety projects will be funded this year by the ACT Road Safety Fund—among them, a community-designed pilot project that aims to both improve road safety and reduce the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in our criminal justice system.

Minister for Justice and Road Safety Shane Rattenbury today announced the recipients at a launch of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Driver Licensing Pilot Project, one of the grant winning projects, at the Sutton Road Training Centre.

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Bail support program provides more support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander detainees

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

The Government has partnered with the Aboriginal Legal Service to develop a two-year bail support program to address the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in our justice system, Minister for Justice Shane Rattenbury announced today.

As part of the Government’s commitment to Justice Reinvestment, reducing recidivism and strengthening communities, the two-year trial will see the development of a culturally appropriate model for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander detainees at the Alexander McConachie Centre.

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Have your say on the new Office for Mental Health

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

The Canberra community is invited to have its say on the establishment of the new Office for Mental Health.

Minister for Mental Health Shane Rattenbury said the online survey was part of a targeted consultation on the new office, which has been underway since October with mental health service consumers, carers and stakeholders in the mental health sector.

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