The ACT will target 100% renewable energy use by 2020, five years earlier than previously announced, cementing its position as a world leader in the commitment to renewables.
To meet the 100% target the government will expand its current large-scale renewable energy auction process from 109MW to 200MW, with additional capacity to be awarded subject to [...]
Crime Stoppers ACT is asking Canberrans to “Dob in a Dealer” as part of a national campaign to fight the take-up of methamphetamine by encouraging residents to report drug crime where and when they suspect it is occurring.
Residents who think someone in their community is manufacturing or supplying illicit substances are asked to contact Crime [...]
ACT public hospital waiting times and timeliness in emergency departments have continued to improve during the past six months despite record numbers of presentations, according to the latest ACT Health Services Quarterly Performance Report.
Minister for Health Simon Corbell said the performance report showed the ACT Government was committed to providing quality healthcare services to Canberrans.
The ACT Government this week issued a white paper proposing dramatic changes to liquor licensing laws for nightclubs and bars in a bid to curb late night alcohol-fuelled violence. Under one proposal, venues would have call last drinks at 3am. Alternatively, the Government would reduce the maximum licensed time to 4am and increase the fee [...]
The ACT Government will merge its Territory and Municipal Services department with its planned Transport Canberra organisation to form a new ACT Government directorate responsible for ACTION buses, light rail, active travel and local services from July 1. The directorate will be called Transport Canberra and City Services.
Minister for Transport and Municipal Services Meegan Fitzharris [...]
The ACT Government has released a second independent review of the business case for stage one of its planned light rail network in reaction to the publication yesterday of comments critical of the project in a report from independent think tank the Grattan Institute.
The Grattan Institute’s report into transport investment in Australia included a short [...]
The ACT Government has ensured construction will commence on what will be NSW’s largest wind farm by awarding renewable energy developer CWP Renewables a feed-in tariff of $89.10 per MW/h for 100MW capacity to power nearly 50,000 homes.
The choice of CWP’s Sapphire Wind Farm near Inverell in northern NSW as the second winning project in [...]
A new sentencing option allowing some offenders to serve their sentence in the community under close supervision is now available to judges and magistrates, Attorney-General Simon Corbell announced today.
The new intensive correction order scheme, which replaces periodic detention, has come into effect following the passage of the Crimes (Sentencing and Restorative Justice) Amendment Bill 2015 [...]
The ACT Government has appointed the former Director-General of the NSW Department of Justice, Laurie Glanfield, to conduct its independent review of ACT Government system responses to family violence.
The Government announced the review after the alleged murder last week of an 8-year-old by his father, Graham Dillon, in their Gungahlin home.
Mr Glanfield, who ran [...]
Our occasional Face-off series is back to look at one of the most-debated issues around town right now. Plenty of RiotACT readers already have a view on this question, but we decided to give Simon Corbell and Alistair Coe the opportunity to set out their opposing views on what has become a key issue leading [...]
Construction officially began today on the $139 million University of Canberra Public Hospital at Bruce.
The hospital will be the ACT’s first specialist sub-acute hospital, focusing entirely on services such as rehabilitation and mental health care and supporting people who may be managing ongoing health conditions or recovering from surgery. It is expected to be completed [...]
The consortium chosen to develop Canberra’s light rail project says it will complete the project more cheaply and quickly than the Government’s estimates, and will replace trees along Northbourne in a staged manner and with 4m-tall plantings so that no section of the corridor is without trees for more than four months.
There will, in fact, [...]
The big winner in ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr’s cabinet reshuffle today is Greens MLA Shane Rattenbury, promoted from Minister for Territory and Municipal Services to Minister for Education.
See the full portfolio allocation list here.
Read Opposition Leader Jeremy Hanson’s response to the reshuffle here.
The Greens MLA’s appointment to the plum education role is surprising given [...]
Opposition Leader Jeremy Hanson has described Chief Minister Andrew Barr’s reshuffle today as a “dog’s breakfast”.
See full details on the cabinet shake-up here.
“It’s pretty incoherent. Good luck anyone trying to find out who’s responsible for various portfolios,” he said.
“When you have a ministry where the delineation is not clear, where responsibilities aren’t clear, that [...]
Embattled ACT Government Minister Joy Burch has this afternoon resigned from the Police and Emergency Services portfolios as ACT Policing investigate Fairfax Media reports that her most senior adviser briefed Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union ACT Secretary Dean Hall on the contents of a meeting between Ms Burch and Chief Police Officer Rudi Lammers.
In Paris for the COP21 United National climate change conference, ACT Environment Minister Simon Corbell has signed a declaration that the ACT will work with states and regions from all over the world to reduce urban greenhouse gas emissions.
The commitment means the ACT will assist in reducing urban greenhouse gas emissions by 3.7 gigatons annually [...]
The ACT Government has announced an elective surgery “blitz” in the first half of 2016 that will see the city’s surgeons perform an extra 1000 procedures in a bid to reduce the number of long-wait patients in the territory.
ACT Minister for Health Simon Corbell said the Government would direct $11.8 million towards the program in [...]
The ACT Government is seeking up to 15,500 sq m of office space in the Woden town centre for more than 1000 Access Canberra employees and ACT Health Directorate staff.
The ACT public service staff will move next year as part of a plan to streamline government operations and improve health services. The mainly administrative [...]
Anti-abortion protests will be banned outside ACT abortion clinics after government MLAs rejected Liberal amendments to a Greens bill on exclusion zones in such scenarios.
Labor MLAs will support a Greens bill that would secure exclusions zones around abortion clinics; despite the Liberals submitting a proposal that removes critical parts of the legislation, according to Minister of Health Simon Corbell.
“People requiring [...]
A new single agency, Transport Canberra, will oversee the territory’s light rail and bus network from July 2016 when light rail contract negotiations are complete, putting an end to any speculation that ACTION may be privatised.
There will be no change to the ACTION and Capital Metro brands at this time and Minister for Capital Metro [...]
ACT regulation of electronic cigarettes will become more restrictive in line with NSW and Queensland next year under planned changes to legislation related to the devices.
The new laws will ban the sale of e-cigarettes to children and place restrictions on their promotion via advertisements, display and marketing. It will also prohibit the use of e-cigarettes in smoke-free areas.
ACT Health [...]
Shadow Minister for Health and Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Hanson has issued a statement describing staffing issues in the Intensive Care Unit at the Canberra Hospital as “diabolical” and linking the problems with the cost of light rail.
Nurses at the hospital have lodged an industrial dispute over staffing levels in the unit. ACT Health [...]
A majority of older Canberrans are anti-light rail but overall capital residents are for the Capital Metro according to new survey results.
Only 46% of over-65s are pro-light rail compared to 67% of 35-49-year-olds.
ACT Minister for Capital Metro Simon Corbell has released a summary of data from surveys undertaken by Piazza Research for the government showing [...]
The environmental impact statement (EIS) for Canberra’s light rail network is complete, has been lodged with the planning and land authority and is now available to the public at planning.act.gov.au.
A draft version of the EIS was published in June and after four weeks of consultation, the Capital Metro Agency had received 60 responses from the [...]
The ACT Government has sent a strong message to the anti-light rail lobby today by announcing it will lodge a development application for the optional extension to Russell together with that for the initial Civic to Gungahlin line within weeks.
A statement from Minister for Capital Metro, Simon Corbell, said the application would cover works required [...]
I had 30 years in the public sector and 15 years in the parliamentary sector and am occasionally given cause to reflect on some of the characters I met in those days.
With Simon Corbell’s retirement from this aspect of his life and career, he becomes the last Labor member to have experienced life in opposition. [...]
Anyone for tennis?
A few humble tennis courts are proving to be more of a problem for Chief Minister Andrew Barr than he thought.
Earlier this year, Barr said the ACT Government would take the tennis courts from the public Telopea Park School so it could build a childcare centre. The current Manuka Occasional Childcare Centre nearby [...]
[ 19 May 2015 at 8:15 pm; ] Deputy Chief Minister Simon Corbell will address the North Canberra Community Council on Tuesday 19 May 2015.
Minister Corbell will discuss Canberra’s progress toward sustainability, including renewable energy policies, energy efficiency policies and the Capital Metro project.
The Community Council has asked the Deputy Chief Minister to respond to the following questions:
How does the Government plan to meet [...]
The ACT Government will be able to choose from four world-class consortia for the delivery of the first stage of Canberra’s light rail network, Minister for Capital Metro, Simon Corbell, announced yesterday.
“Four private sector consortia, consisting of local, national and international companies, have submitted an expression of interest for the first stage of Canberra’s light [...]
Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, today announced the appointment of Jon Stanhope AO as the president of the Legal Aid Commission for the next five years.
“As a former ACT Chief Minister, Attorney-General and administrator of Christmas and Cocos islands, Jon Stanhope is well qualified to be the president of the ACT Legal Aid Commission,” Mr Corbell said.
Minister for Health, Simon Corbell, yesterday officially opened the new Woden Specialist Medical Centre, which will further enhance Canberra’s specialist and allied health care options.
“The new Woden Specialist Medical Centre brings together three leading organisations – orthopaedics ACT, National Capital Diagnostic Imaging and Flex Out Physiotherapy Canberra, all in one central and convenient location,” Mr [...]
The ACT’s electricity prices remain the lowest in the country according to the Australian Energy Market Commission’s 2014 Residential Electricity Price Trends report, released yesterday.
Minister for the Environment, Simon Corbell, said the report, which sets out expected price movements from 2014/15 to 2016/17, shows electricity prices in the capital are set to fall a further [...]