ACT Greens: Smaller housing and improved planning for a growing Territory

Caroline Le Couteur, MLA

The ACT Greens have today called for a major review of development rules for Canberra’s residential areas to ensure future housing is diverse as well as socially and environmentally sustainable.

“Families are becoming smaller on average, and lifestyles are also changing,” ACT Greens Housing and Planning Spokesperson Caroline Le Couteur said.

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From L plates to no plates: road safety reforms to prioritise road safety, community views sought

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

The community is encouraged to share their thoughts on special considerations the Government must have for new reforms that will improve the safety of young drivers in the ACT.

Research shows introducing a range of measures can lead to a 50% reduction in fatal and serious injury crashes. Between 2006 and 2017, 15 drivers aged 17 to 24 years old were killed in the ACT.

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Think safety this long weekend: Takata airbag recall

Before hitting the road this Easter long weekend, Canberrans are reminded to take the five minutes to check their vehicle is not impacted by the compulsory Takata airbag recall.

A quarter of all vehicles in the ACT are thought to be affected, including vehicles manufactured by Honda, Toyota, Jeep, BMW, Fiat Chrysler, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Lexus, Ferrari and Nissan.

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Baking buns for the community and AMC visitors

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

Detainees working in the Alexander Maconochie Centre Bakery are giving back to the community this Easter by providing hot cross buns to Beryl Women Inc. and visitors.

Since the bakery opened in October last year, detainees have produced an increasing range of baked goods for detainees, staff and visitors.

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The ‘little jurisdiction’ making a big impact: nation’s climate action capital sharing our renewables story with the world

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

The ACT’s lead in achieving 100% renewable electricity by 2020 and its journey towards zero net emissions by 2050 at the latest has attracted global interest.

Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability Shane Rattenbury will today host a climate roundtable with the Australian German Chamber of Commerce, including influential members of parliament, academics and industrial leaders.

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Creating a safer nightlife for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

The CBR NightCrew has recruited three new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workers until 30 June 2018 as part of a trial of the CBR NightCrew program.

The program, managed by St John Ambulance and staffed by trained volunteers, helps to create a safer nightlife environment for patrons in Canberra’s CBD by assisting people affected by alcohol or otherwise experiencing difficulty.

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Research on perinatal depression, anxiety released

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

National research, released at tonight’s Post & Ante Natal Depression Support & Information (PANDSI) Twilight Seminar, will help to improve understandings of women’s experiences of traumatic births, and perinatal depression and anxiety.

Research from the Centre of Perinatal Excellence (COPE) finds that almost half (49%) of those 767 Australian women surveyed who had experienced perinatal anxiety and depression perceived that their birth was traumatic. The research also finds that 44% of women surveyed believed their birth experience contributed to the development of postnatal depression and/or anxiety.

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2,866 reasons why we should keep the conversation going about suicide prevention

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

Minister for Mental Health Shane Rattenbury will on Sunday participate in the Puka Up bike ride, which is taking the conversation about suicide prevention from Sydney to Melbourne via Canberra.

Each of the 1,433 kilometres will be ridden by the 27 Puka Up riders, with each rider representing two people who tragically died by suicide in Australia in 2016.

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Boost for mental health early intervention services

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

The ACT Government will provide new funding to headspace Canberra to improve access and reduce wait times for early intervention mental health services.

The initial $200,000 funding will see headspace deliver ‘onespace’ sessions (solutions-based therapy) for young people aged 12‑25. Sessions are evidence-based, pragmatic and focus on young person’s current needs and concerns.

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ACT’s first Inspector of Correctional Services begins

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

Mr Neil McAllister has been appointed the ACT’s first Inspector of Correctional Services.

Mr McAllister began working in corrections in 1990 in policy and research roles and as an Inspector for the Queensland Corrective Services Commission.

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