ACT Greens: Waste Feasibility Study welcomed, crucial opportunity to rule out incineration missed

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

The ACT Greens have welcomed the ACT Government’s commitment to divert and process more organic waste but have expressed concern that the Government has not ruled out waste incineration.

The Waste Feasibility Study, released today, places a strong focus on diverting and processing organic waste.

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Tracking ACT’s minimum passing rule around cyclists

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

Cyclists in Canberra are participating in a new road safety research project to evaluate driver compliance with the minimum passing rule.

Minister for Road Safety Shane Rattenbury today inspected the fitting of passing distance measuring devices to bicycles which will collect data over the next four weeks as part of the Centre for Automotive Safety Research (CASR) study.

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Reducing crime by strengthening communities

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

An Australian Institute of Criminology report released today confirms that investment in the Ainslie Avenue High Density Housing program is reducing crime and building community resilience.

Minister for Justice Shane Rattenbury said the report shows the approach to community development undertaken through the High Density Program has prevented and reduced crime.

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Cities power partnership unveils expert advisors

Shane Rattenbury MLA

A diverse team of experts, from a farmer through to the Mayor of an outback town, have been announced as expert advisors to Australia’s largest local government climate network.

Farmers for Climate Action CEO Verity Morgan-Schmidt and Alice Springs Mayor Damien Ryan will join Climate Councillor Professor Karen Hussey, Climateworks sustainable transport expert Claire Painter and ACT Minister for Climate Change Shane Rattenbury on the newly-announced Cities Power Partnership expert advisory panel.

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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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