Drive safe. Get there alive

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

Drivers are being urged to keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel this Queen’s Birthday long weekend, with six fatalities already recorded in the capital this year, compared to five in total for the whole of 2017.

Minister for Road Safety Shane Rattenbury is reminding Canberrans to keep focused and stick to the road rules while driving, to ensure everyone arrives at their destination alive and well.

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Greens Budget Reply Speech

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

"Madam Speaker, the Greens welcome this budget!

From the Greens perspective, this Budget takes another vital step towards making Canberra the most sustainable, fair and progressive place in Australia.

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Respecting and protecting sex workers in the ACT

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

The ACT Government has today introduced into the Legislative Assembly new laws to improve the rights and safety protections for sex workers.

The Government has consulted closely with stakeholders following the Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety’s 2012 report on the Inquiry into the Prostitution Act.

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A Budget for fairness and sustainability: ACT Greens

Shane Rattenbury, MLA and Caroline Le Couteur, MLA

The ACT Greens today welcomed the ACT Budget’s commitments towards fairness and sustainability.

“From the Greens perspective this Budget takes another important step towards making Canberra the most sustainable and fair place in Australia,” Greens MLA Shane Rattenbury said today.

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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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