Climate action: Sub-national governments getting the job done

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

The ACT’s new partnership with Parkes Shire Council and Lismore City Council will enable all three cities to learn from each other to better tackle climate change, Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability Shane Rattenbury said today.

Minister Rattenbury will today meet with Parkes Mayor, Ken Keith OAM, and Lismore Mayor, Isaac Smith as part of the Cities Power Partnership, a network of 70 Australian governments and councils that represent the interests of over 7 million Australians.

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Urban heat islands: The heat is on

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

A new CSIRO report commissioned by the ACT Government identifies Canberra neighbourhoods that are hotter due to the ‘urban heat island effect’.

“The urban heat island effect happens when pavements, roads and buildings absorb the sun’s heat and radiate it back day and night, increasing the temperature, and stopping the city from cooling down.

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Supporting retirement village residents to know their consumer rights

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

With Canberrans aged 55 years and over most likely to fall victim to scams, a proactive education and awareness program is now underway across retirement villages to empower residents to know their consumer rights.

Minister for Consumer Affairs Shane Rattenbury joined Access Canberra compliance officers at an information session at a retirement village in Downer to see the program underway.

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Detainees contributing to a more sustainable AMC

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

Thanks to its new recycling program, the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC) has reduced the waste it sends to landfill by 46 per cent.

The program, established in July 2017 alongside other new industries at the AMC, also employs eight detainees.

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Safety checks for thousands of show bag items

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

As the Royal Canberra Show kicks off, Access Canberra Fair Trading compliance officers have checked more than 1,000 items in hundreds of showbags to ensure they meet safety requirements.

The checks help to minimise the risk of public harm by ensuring that products provided in the showbags meet the mandatory product safety requirements under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL), Mandatory Product Safety Standards and Product Bans.

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Continued focus on Vision Zero in Road Safety Report

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

The Government’s road safety reforms are keeping people safer and contributing to the Territory’s low road toll.

Minister for Road Safety Shane Rattenbury today released the 2018 Road Safety Report Card, which shows that the implementation of recent road safety reforms has achieved a reduction in the number of fatalities on ACT roads.

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Local leadership, global change: ACT climate action on track

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

The ACT Government has today welcomed the recommendations of a report by the Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment, Professor Kate Auty, on the implementation of the ACT’s climate change strategy.

The Implementation Status Report on the ACT Government’s Climate Change Policy is the second ACT plan to address the urgent challenge of climate change.

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ACT Greens: Housing targets won’t meet growing housing need

Caroline Le Couteur, MLA

The ACT Greens today expressed disappointment at the Government’s “grossly inadequate” targets for public, community and affordable housing in new land release and urban renewal.

The City Renewal Agency and Suburban Land Authority Act 2017 requires the Government to set targets for affordable, community, and public housing in new suburbs and where the CRA or SLA are involved in urban renewal.

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Responsive action improves detainee safety and care

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

In the past year, the ACT Government has made significant changes to improve detainee health, care and safety in the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC) as part of its response to the Moss Review.

Minister Rattenbury has tabled a progress report one year after the Moss Review into the treatment in custody care of Mr Steven Freeman was tabled in February 2017.

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No means no? Yes means yes, say ACT Greens

Caroline Le Couteur, MLA

The ACT Greens will this week table draft legislation redefining consent under ACT criminal law, bringing the ACT in line with other jurisdictions and strengthening the criminal justice system.

“Every Australian jurisdiction except the ACT has a statutory definition of consent based on the idea of free and voluntary agreement. Yet under ACT criminal law, consent is defined by when it is taken away, rather than when it is given,” Greens spokesperson for Women Caroline Le Couteur said today.

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