Nation’s climate action capital celebrates World Environment Day

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

On the eve of World Environment Day, Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability Shane Rattenbury has reflected on the ACT’s achievements to become a world leader in sustainability and climate action.

“This current generation has an environmental, economic and moral obligation to do our best to tackle the threats posed by climate change,” Mr Rattenbury said.

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Youth mental health services prioritised in ACT Budget

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

The ACT Government will provide more support to young people with mental health concerns, funding programs for children, adolescents and young people in the upcoming ACT Budget.

The Government will provide $2.158 million of Expense funding over two years to establish an Assertive Outreach Program established for child and adolescent mental health community-based services, targeted at 12-18 year olds.

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Nation's climate action capital super-charges climate action

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

50 new electric vehicle charging stations will be funded and installed at Government sites across the city through the upcoming ACT Budget, Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability Shane Rattenbury announced today.

The ACT Government is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from transport through encouraging active travel, providing high quality low emissions public transport options and encouraging the transition to zero emissions vehicles.

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2018 Actsmart Business Sustainability Award winners announced

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

Businesses across the Canberra region were today recognised for their commitment to delivering a more sustainable future at the annual Actsmart Business Sustainability Awards.

The Actsmart Business Sustainability Awards showcase the outstanding achievements of organisations participating in the Actsmart Business programs. With the awards in their ninth year, 2018 saw a record 67 nominations for the 10 awards, ranging from Waste Minimisation to Innovation and Leadership.

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Shadow of a doubt: Concerns raised as proposed 50m high venue to overshadow Garema Place

Caroline Le Couteur, MLA

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

The ACT Greens have today expressed significant concerns with a proposed site for a 14-storey hotel in Garema Place—while reaffirming earlier calls for designated entertainment precincts.

In early May, Geocon lodged a development application for a 14-storey hotel in Canberra's CBD, between Garema Place and Bunda Street. The five-star Garema Hotel is expected to rise above 50 metres in height—almost as tall as the QT Hotel, and taller sections of The Canberra Hospital.

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More support for those living with mental illness

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

The upcoming ACT Budget will provide greater support for Canberrans suffering with different levels of mental illness. This includes $22.8 million to establish 24-hour supported accommodation for people with complex mental health needs.

As our city grows, we are seeing increased demand for mental health services, from early intervention and prevention measures through to emergency and intensive support.

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More housing for more Canberrans in need: ACT Greens call for more housing stocks at Common Ground Gungahlin

Caroline Le Couteur, MLA

As demand for crisis and affordable housing grows in Canberra, the ACT Greens today called for an additional building at the Common Ground housing site in Gungahlin.

“Since it opened in 2015, the Common Ground model in Gungahlin—made up of 40 units—has provided significant support to those in need of crisis and affordable housing,” Greens Housing spokesperson Caroline Le Couteur said today.

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Support the environment and your hip pocket by going paperless

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

Did you know that the paper bill in your mailbox could be costing you in addition to the bill itself? Minister for Consumer Affairs Shane Rattenbury said it was important that Canberrans were aware that there could be fees for choosing paper bills over email invoices.

Many businesses these days are charging consumers for paper bills which can add up over the course of a year, especially for people on a low income,” Mr Rattenbury said.

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Nation’s climate action capital sets world-leading environmental targets

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

ACT Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability Shane Rattenbury announced the ACT is among world leaders in climate policy, setting a nation-leading target to achieve zero net greenhouse gas emissions by 2045 – bringing forward the previous target of 2050 by five years.

“The ACT is committed to tackling climate change by delivering ambitious clean energy and zero net emission targets,” Mr Rattenbury said.

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ACT Greens: Advancing reconciliation through our national institutions

Caroline Le Couteur, MLA

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

With Canberra-based national arts and cultural institutions struggling after repeated Budget cuts, the Commonwealth must act to ensure these institutions can realise their mandates, the ACT Greens said today.

In a submission to the Federal Inquiry into Canberra’s National Institutions, the ACT Greens called on the Federal Government to adequately fund more than twenty national institutions, and to establish a top-level National Institutions Council to support culture, heritage and the arts in the nation’s capital.

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