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Tag Archives: Caroline Le Couteur

Greens on the arts

By 19 September 2012

Not to be left behind in today’s arts jamboree the Greens have announced their plan:
The Greens will commit $1 million over 4 years to the provision of communications and marketing services to the Canberra Arts community including:
– an arts portal that will provide a one-stop-shop for arts information in and around Canberra. Artists [...]

Greens on planning

By 19 September 2012

The Greens’ Caroline Le Couteur has unveiled her party’s thoughts on planning:
The ACT Greens planning measures include over four years:
– $1 million for amendment of the Territory Plan to aim at the ACT’s greenhouse gas reduction targets
– $366,000 for construction industry education during the transition to energy efficient buildings
– $200,000 to connect communities through neighbourhood [...]

Rubbish policy from The Greens

By 11 September 2012

The Greens’ Caroline Le Couteur has announced the Greens waste policy:
– Commit $2 million for a comprehensive education program, including free composting equipment for up to 21,000 households;
– Provide $2 million trash pack subsidy of up to $180 a year for concession card holders to assist with removal and recycling of garden waste;
– Provide $1.8 [...]

Public Accounts Committee to probe the dodgy health statistics

By 11 July 2012

The ABC brings word that the Legistlative Assembly’s standing committee on public accounts is going to inquire into the health statistics scandal. (Widespread forgery of health records in the hospital to meet KPI’s with some offenders not yet identified if you missed it).
Chief Minister Katy Gallagher and bureaucrats were questioned by the Budget Estimates [...]

Election Doorknocking? What matters to you?

By 21 June 2012

Had my first ever doorknock from a pollie over the weekend. Caroline Le Couteur (Greens MLA for Molonglo) paid me a visit, asking me what issues matter most to me. For me it was public transport. I know health would be up there for most people at the moment. I want new childcare reforms as [...]

Greens announce their lineup for the election. Gungahlin Al will run!

By 20 March 2012

The Greens have announced their candidates for the October election.
The four Green MLAs will be recontesting their seats, and have been pre-selected by the party to run as the four lead candidates for the election.
“It’s very exciting to see such a great Greens team for 2012,” Ms Hunter said.
“The people standing for the Greens include [...]

Zed appalled the Greens don’t share his Parkwood outrage

By 14 March 2012

Liberal Leader Zed Seselja has been silent on whether he supports animal cruelty, but he is letting people know that the Greens have not shown what he believes is sufficient outrage for the Parkwood Egg sabotage:
Both Shane Rattenbury and Caroline Le Couteur have refused to condemn or even comment on the apparent destruction of property [...]

Legislating the Green into planning

By 22 February 2012

The Greens’ Caroline Le Couteur has added to a busy week of Green announcements (in contrast to the very quiet Liberals as they watch their leader bleed out) with the announcement of an exposure draft for a Planning and Development (Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets) Amendment Bill 2012:
“If we are going to address greenhouse gas emissions [...]

Greens want to regulate the puppies and the kittens

By 15 February 2012

The Greens’ Caroline Le Couteur is banging the drum for more regulation to control cats and dogs breeding outside of legislative constraint.
The Greens’ Bill includes:
– Licensing of cat and dog breeders, and mandatory standards for breeding operations
– Desexing of appropriately aged pets at point of sale
– Strengthened animal cruelty laws
– A new system of microchip [...]

A stealth call-in for the fitters workshop?

By 30 November 2011

The Greens’ Caroline Le Couteur is screaming blue murder over some interesting maneuvers in the ongoing saga of the war upon the print makers.
On 14 November, the Government created a regulation to exempt a precinct of Kingston Foreshore from 3rd party appeals. This area includes the Kingston Arts Precinct, where the Fitters’ Workshop is located. [...]

Greens call for real action on live music

By 26 August 2011

Following our disappointment at last week’s government response to the live music inquiry, the Greens’ Caroling Le Couteur has now noticed that the Government isn’t actually doing anything.
“There is a major concern that Canberra’s music and arts scene is struggling in a range of ways and that we are losing a very important part of [...]

More green men on Northbourne. Greens thrilled.

By 10 August 2011

The Greens’ Caroline Le Couteur is celebrating changes to the pedestrian signal timing on the corner of Northbourne and Macarthur/Wakefield:
ACT Greens TAMS spokesperson, Caroline Le Couteur MLA, has congratulated the Canberra Pedestrian Forum for their successful campaign to implement ‘auto-start’ for pedestrian crossings at the intersection of Northbourne, Wakefield and Macarthur Avenues.
The ‘auto-start’ system gives [...]

Greens bring crucial support for UC/CIT merger

By 4 August 2011

The Greens Caroline Le Couteur has thrown her party’s balance of power votes in the Legislative Assembly behind the merger of the University of Canberra and the Canberra Institute of Technology.
“The Greens see this as an opportunity. Our priority must be to ensure that we provide the best educational opportunities for students and continue to [...]

Greens also not impressed by the infrastructure plan

By 13 July 2011

Following on from yesterday’s launch of the infrastructure plan and the Liberals’ lack of enthusiasm the Greens’ Caroline le Couteur has also expressed her disappointment:
“The plan is largely a re-announcement of a succession of ACT government capital works – it’s the budget with pictures,” said Ms Le Couteur.
“The plan acknowledges the need to reduce our [...]

Empty buses for empty suburbs

By 20 June 2011

The Greens’ Caroline Le Couteur is celebrating some success for her calls that buses should run through the under construction suburbs of Molonglo to ensure new residents don’t succumb to the siren song of car ownership.
The Greens have outlined a sustainability strategy for Molonglo which includes:
- Bus-only priority routes on arterial roads to City/Barton/Russell
- Park’n’ride [...]

Greens want you to spend more time sorting your garbage

By 3 March 2011

The Greens’ Caroline Le Couteur has announced her party’s submission to the Government’s draft waste strategy.
“Providing a third bin for organic waste is an excellent example of source separation, and it is the best way to recover valuable, clean organic material that can be put to the most sustainable uses.
“The Greens Parliamentary Agreement with the [...]

Renew Canberra?

By 3 February 2011

The Greens’ Caroline Le Couteur is kicking off a push to emulate the very successful Renew Newcastle where vacant commercial properties are made available for artistic endeavours.
“It’s a simple, innovative initiative that will bring local arts and music to vacant city areas, improve the life and vitality of the city, improve the creative and night [...]

Canberra Connect shopfront for Gungahlin?

By 28 January 2011

The Greens’ Caroline Le Couteur is calling for Canberra Connect to beef up its Gungahlin presence.
“As well as addressing an equity issue for residents, a shopfront would help to make Gungahlin a more self-sufficient town centre, where residents wouldn’t need to travel long distances to access services.”
“The Government’s data on Canberra Connect shows that [...]

Chiefly fury on Green Southern Cemetery claims

By 12 January 2011

Jon Stanhope is in a right mood over the recent media release by the Greens’ Caroline Le Couteur who wants to substitute “natural burial” in favour of a new crematorium.
In a rare display of vintage Chiefly rage he’s giving her both barrels which we’ll repeat here in full because you wouldn’t want to miss this [...]

Greens call for natural burials in the ACT

By 11 January 2011

Until this morning I was blissfully unaware of the natural burial movement.
Now thanks to the Greens’ Caroline Le Couteur calling for the proposed Southern Cemetery to be a “natural cemetery” I have learned something new.
As far as I can tell the idea of a natural cemetery is to not have any markers (one assumes someone [...]

18 stories is medium density – The Greens

By 7 January 2011

The Greens’ Caroline Le Couteur has come out swinging for the proposed vast high rise development of Woden Green.
Even more intriguingly she describes it as “a sustainable, medium-density development in a town centre“.
She does make some good arguments in its favour:
“It is in the right location for high quality infill development.”
“There are real potential environmental [...]

Chiefly intervention on behalf of the pet stores

By 20 December 2010

Jon Stanhope has, after a long think, come out swinging against proposed Greens animal welfare legislation.
It’s a rare day an ACT politician publicly goes against the wishes of the RSPCA, but he makes some good points:
“Greens legislation tabled in the Assembly last week directly targets ACT pet shops in, an industry that is responsible for [...]

Greens legislating companion animal laws

By 8 December 2010

The Greens have announced laws to give the RSPCA what they want on regulation of the pet industry.
Michael Linke, CEO of the ACT RSPCA said: “I am really pleased that The Greens are taking animal welfare seriously. This legislation addresses a number of our concerns and supports our philosophy regarding the sale and [...]

31 October 2011 the last day for light plastic shopping bags

By 28 October 2010

[First filed: Oct 27, 2010 @ 10:31]

Simon Corbell has announced the end of light plastic shopping bags with the final ban to be in place from 1 November next year.
Before panicking bear in mind there will be many exemptions:
The Plastic Shopping Bags Ban Bill 2010 will ban the supply of plastic shopping bags of [...]

Don’t like Woolies? Steal their trolleys! (But don’t get caught)

By 26 August 2010

Greens MLA Caroline Le Couteur is celebrating the passage of her bill (so it’s a law now) to tackle the urban scourge (or resource depending on how you swing) of shopping trolleys.
“The final legislation gives the Government the power to notify retailers that it will undertake a ‘trolley collection day’ in a particular area; if [...]

Greens save the street trees?

By 1 July 2010

The Greens’ spokesperson on stuff people actually care about, Caroline le Couteur, is celebrating getting a motion up to restore funding to the Urban Tree Renewal Program in future budgets.
“We were concerned the Government would delay the Urban Tree Renewal Program, as substantial funding for the program out to 2013 had been removed from [...]

Just what are they doing to London Circuit?

By 7 June 2010

The Greens’ Caroline Le Couteur is continuing her trend of asking difficult questions. This time asking why London Circuit is being dug up while the “Greater Civic Plan” is due to be endorsed this month.
“The Government is spending $3.8m just on London Circuit, but not taking the opportunity to improve the design.”
“If you are [...]

Assembly Committed to Active Transport

By 6 May 2010

The Greens’ Caroline Le Couteur is thrilled that she’s got a motion through the Legislative Assembly “calling on the Government to prioritise pedestrians, cyclists and public transport in planning, traffic, and urban design policies in Canberra.”
A motion without legislation is only slightly more significant than the Canberra College SRC moving to make the ACT a [...]

Expanding Northbourne

By 23 April 2010

Jon Stanhope was Chief Minister when the on-road cycle paths were marked out on Northbourne Avenue. It constricted traffic and reduced speed limits (which in turn reduces the number of cars that can transit in a given period of time).
So it comes as a bit of a surprise that he’s now noticed this key arterial [...]

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