Sapphire wind farm now powering the ACT

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

Twenty-eight turbines at the Sapphire 1 wind farm in regional NSW are now feeding renewable electricity into the national grid as part of the ACT’s 100% renewable electricity target, Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability Shane Rattenbury said today.

“Today is a fantastic milestone in the ACT’s transition to 100% renewable electricity. The ACT-supported part of Sapphire wind farm will power around 48,000 ACT homes – contributing about 12% towards our renewable electricity target,” Mr Rattenbury said.

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Nation’s first pill testing trial a “momentous” step for drug law reform: ACT Greens

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

The ACT Greens have welcomed the nation’s first pill testing trial in Canberra as a “significant” step forward in drug law reform efforts to minimise harm for recreational drug use.

“We know that young people will experiment. With this trial, we have acted to reduce the risk that young people will experience harm as a result,” Greens MLA Shane Rattenbury said.

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Helping young drivers and passengers be safe on our roads

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

A free road safety course for high school students is changing the way young Canberrans think about road safety.

Minister for Road Safety Shane Rattenbury today officially launched the RYDA (Road Safety Youth Driver Awareness) program in the ACT, which received funding in the last round of the ACT Road Safety Community Grants.

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Property industry challenged to build first ‘net zero’ building

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

The ACT property development industry has today been challenged to build the ACT’s first ‘net zero’ emissions commercial or large scale residential building by Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability Shane Rattenbury.

“Across the board we need to continue to raise the standard of environmental performance in our buildings. In this context, we need someone to step up and deliver the ACT’s first ‘net zero’ emissions large scale building, which will be an iconic achievement and a lasting legacy for our city,” Mr Rattenbury said.

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NEG negotiations yet to address key issues: ACT

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

Ahead of today’s Energy Council meeting, the ACT has again reiterated serious concerns about the 'National Energy Guarantee' (NEG) and called for serious changes to ensure a deal can be done.

“It would be irresponsible for states and territories to sign on to this deal as it currently stands. Significant changes will need to be made to make this policy work,” Mr Rattenbury said.

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ACT Greens: On Youth Homelessness Matters Day, Greens call for more housing support for young people

Caroline Le Couteur, MLA

On Youth Homelessness Matters Day, the ACT Greens have reaffirmed the importance of accessible and affordable housing for younger Canberrans.

On Census night 2016, there were 531 people under 25 in the ACT experiencing homelessness.  Nationally, nearly 10% of people experiencing homelessness on Census night were tertiary student.  In the ACT, this figure was much higher, at 14.2%.

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ACT: Statement on the National Energy Guarantee

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

Following the release of two new papers on the National Energy Guarantee – one from the Energy Security Board (ESB) and one from the Commonwealth - the ACT continues to hold serious concerns about the National Energy Guarantee (NEG).

At this stage it still looks like a policy that will lock in poor outcomes for the climate, for renewable energy, for States and Territories who are pursuing strong climate actions, and ultimately for electricity consumers. The policy parameters of the NEG risk an outcome that would be worse than if States and Territories continued to lead the way without a NEG in place.

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New action plan to drive growth in electric vehicles

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

An action plan to guide the ACT’s transition to zero emission vehicles was announced today by Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability Shane Rattenbury and Minister for Transport and City Services Meegan Fitzharris.

“The ACT’s Transition to Zero Emissions Vehicles Action Plan 2018-2021 will further enhance the ACT Government’s reputation as a world leader in sustainability by encouraging the use of zero emission vehicles and e-bikes,” Minister Rattenbury said.

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Statement on Steven Freeman coronial inquest findings released today

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

Today Coroner Cook released his findings into the coronial inquest into the tragic death of Steven Freeman at the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC) in May 2016.

The ACT Government acknowledges the Coroner’s findings and will now take the time to carefully consider them and respond formally to each of the seven recommendations made.

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Ensure the curtain doesn’t close on you before the show: buy your tickets from official sellers

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

Minister for Consumer Affairs Shane Rattenbury is urging Canberrans to do their research before buying tickets to concerts or sporting events so you can have confidence your tickets will you to the game or to the show.

“Unfortunately each year many Canberrans fall victim to dodgy ticket re-sellers and the financial cost can be significant, particularly if the event is interstate – with losses incurred not only on tickets, but on travel and accommodation costs,” Mr Rattenbury said.

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