Energy efficiency delivering big savings for Canberrans

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

An independent review has found the ACT Government’s Energy Efficiency Improvement Scheme is making a big dent in Canberra’s energy bills and greenhouse gas emissions.

“Canberrans have saved a total of $240 million, including $15 million saved off the energy bills of low income households,” said ACT Climate Change and Sustainability Minister Shane Rattenbury.

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Fresh community garden grants now open

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

Individuals, community groups and owners corporations are invited to apply for a share of $40,000 in funding available under the 2018 Community Garden grants program, Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability Shane Rattenbury announced today.

“Community gardens have been hugely successful across Canberra and tell a great story about our increasingly sustainable city. When we work together, sharing resources and responsibility, we all share the rewards,” Minister Rattenbury said.

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More than $1.2 million for healthy outcomes for Canberrans

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

Four community organisations will benefit from more than $1.2 million in new funding from the latest Healthy Canberra Grants funding opportunity.

Acting Minister for Health and Wellbeing Shane Rattenbury said the grants were a vital part of the ACT Government’s work to combat rates of overweight and obesity, reduce alcohol and tobacco related harm and promote healthy active ageing across the community.

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ACT Greens: Government must act to meet growing housing need

Caroline Le Couteur, MLA

Latest AIHW housing data again reaffirms that more public and community housing stocks are needed to address the Territory’s housing crisis, the ACT Greens said today.

The latest Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) report shows that the ACT has the greatest reliance on public housing as part of social housing. It also shows that Canberra has the lowest proportion of community housing of any jurisdiction—housing that provides affordable rental for low income Canberrans.

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New ACT Chief Psychiatrist appointed

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

Dr Denise Riordan has been appointed as the ACT’s new Chief Psychiatrist.

Dr Riordan is currently the Northern Territory Chief Psychiatrist and has worked in mental health for over 30 years in the public sector, ten of which were as Staff Specialist and Clinical Director of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in the ACT.

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Statement on the National Energy Guarantee

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

The ACT today expressed its surprise and dismay at the Federal Energy Minister's comments welcoming the building of new coal-fired power plants as part of the National Energy Guarantee, or NEG.

"In some ten months of negotiations, today's comments from the Federal Energy Minister that he would welcome new coal-fired power stations have come as quite the unwelcome surprise," ACT Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability Shane Rattenbury said today.

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Supporting victims of crime and upholding their rights

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

The ACT will develop a Charter of Rights for Victims of Crime so that more support is provided to people in the justice system to reduce ongoing trauma, Minister for Justice Shane Rattenbury announced today.

The Charter of Rights for Victims of Crime will ensure that their rights are upheld at a time that can be very traumatic.  Having the right information and the right support at the right time can assist with reducing that trauma.

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On World Elder Abuse Day, the ACT Greens have called for a renewed focus on seniors’ rights

Caroline Le Couteur, MLA

As part of last weeks’ ACT Budget, the Greens welcomed a Seniors Rights Service as part of the ACT Legal Aid Commission to provide targeted legal services to older Canberrans who are experiencing, or are vulnerable to, elder abuse.

Greens spokesperson for Seniors Caroline Le Couteur said she hoped that this Service would ameliorate some of the Greens concerns with services currently available in the Territory, namely the existing Older Persons’ Abuse Prevention Referral and Information Line.

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A mental health system for a 21st Century Canberra: Office for Mental Health and Wellbeing established in the ACT

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

The ACT Government has formally established the Territory’s first Office for Mental Health and Wellbeing.

The model for the Office for Mental Health and Wellbeing has been developed following extensive consultation with the community, mental health consumers and carers, mental health organisations and peak bodies.

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Straws suck! But you don’t have to…

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

Canberra venues are being urged to help rid the ACT of plastic straws as part of a new Actsmart campaign.

“Our reliance on single-use plastic is having devastating impacts on our planet,” Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability Shane Rattenbury said today.

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