Tag Archives: Simon Corbell

Canberra is pretty good, says a report

By 31 July 2013

Simon Corbell got all excited today as Canberra was ranked favourably in the Australian Government’s 2013 State of Australian Cities Report.
The report rates Canberra highly in liveability, active travel, and sustainable measures which are all good things.
“We’re proud the nation’s capital is being seen in a favourable light in these areas, as states and territories [...]

Toot Toot! Simon says the tram will be bulk ace!

By 28 July 2013

Simon Corbell has taken the time to explain the virtues of Capital Metro, aka light rail:
Light rail is the best choice for responding to projected population growth rates in the Gungahlin to City corridor, Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, said today.
The increase in population in the Gungahlin to City corridor [...]

Light Rail aims to make money

By 5 July 2013

Just in case you haven’t already been bored completely to death by hearing about light rail, here’s some more talk about it.
The ACT Government’s Capital Metro light rail project delivers a benefit cost outcome similar to, or better than, other light rail projects that are going ahead around Australia, Minister for the Environment and Sustainable [...]

Royalla industrial solar marching on

By 2 July 2013

Simon Corbell has announced his approval for a 20MW solar farm on the Monaro Highway:
“I have used my powers under Sections 158, 159 and 160 of the Planning and Development Act 2007 to approve this proposal because it responds to a major policy issue and will deliver a substantial public benefit,” Mr Corbell said. [...]

And the new CPO is Rudi Lammers

By 1 July 2013

Simon Corbell has announced he’s appointing the AFP’s Assistant Commissioner Rudi Lammers to the the ACT Chief Police Officer:
“Assistant Commissioner Lammers is an ideal person for the role of the ACT’s top police officer having spent two decades working in a range of community policing roles across the Territory,” Mr Corbell said.
“Assistant Commissioner Lammers worked [...]

United Nations likes Canberra’s resilience

By 28 June 2013

Simon Corbell was today presented with a certificate acknowledging the ACT’s efforts in disaster resilience.
“Canberra is one of more than 1000 cities across the globe taking part in the Making Cities Resilient Program, under the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR),” Mr Corbell said.
“I am proud that the United Nations has selected the Australian [...]

Canberra’s wheelchair accessible taxi service a success

By 28 June 2013

According to Simon Corbell, Canberra’s wheelchair accessible taxis have become easier to access and are being used more frequently since the Wheelchair Accessible Taxi Centralised Booking Service (WCBS) was brought into effect in December last year.
“The first six months of operation indicates the WCBS has met key performance measures and is providing an excellent service [...]

ACT Government needs to lift its game on planning

By 28 June 2013

The Government’s decision to use call-in powers to allow the Brumbies’ development in Griffith to proceed, when it does not comply with the Government’s own planning regulations, has set a dangerous precedent. As the current legislation stands, when the Planning Minister uses his/her call-in powers to approve a development, an appeal to the ACT Civil [...]

Liberals ask where the light rail beef is?

By 24 June 2013

Alistair Coe is asking pointed questions of just where Simon Corbell’s grand light rail visions are coming to and from:
After questioning from Deputy Opposition Leader Alistair Coe, Simon Corbell has again refused to provide documents relating to the massive light rail project.
“Today in Estimates, Simon Corbell refused to release documents he claims to have about [...]

Sorry Simon, but hiring some office staff does not put a railway “on track”

By 22 June 2013

Simon Corbell is celebrating the hiring of a project director (actually just kicking off the recruitment process FFS) which apparently justifies announcing Canberra’s light rail is now “FIRMLY ON TRACK”.
At which point the inner pedant in me comes stomping out with his big boots on to point out that a railway is “on track” (let [...]

It’s National Consumer Fraud Week! Don’t get scammed!

By 20 June 2013

Simon Corbell is worried about you Rioters, he wan’t you not to be scammed.
He offers some advice to avoid online scams.
The theme of this year’s awareness week is Outsmart the Scammers, which is aimed at people who buy or sell goods online.
“If consumers arm themselves with the right knowledge, they can identify scams before they [...]

ESA phone number leads to a Fax machine UPDATE: LIES!

By 20 June 2013

This little story is somewhat amusing and also a bit terrifying*, the phone number listed in the White Pages for the Emergency Services Agency sends you to a fax machine, and a fax machine can’t help anybody.
Shadow Emergency Services Minister, Brendan Smyth, has revealed that the Emergency Services Agency telephone number in the White Pages [...]

Federal grant to Snowy Hydro SouthCare facility helps provide aid

By 18 June 2013

Catherine King, Gai Brodtmann, and Mike Kelly today all combined forces to announce a $500,000 federal grant to the Snowy Hydro SouthCare facility to aid them in providing emergency services.
Federal Member for Canberra Gai Brodtmann said the funding will provide for the construction of a training and administration centre next to the organisation’s current helicopter [...]

EMS Torchlight Parade Video

By 17 June 2013

Canberra’s Emergency Services went on a torch lit march around Manuka on Friday night to celebrate 100 years of servicing Canberra’s community.
Some bagpipers joined them as well, because this is the kind of event where it just wouldn’t be right without some bagpipes.

Fire Fighters marching for their 100th birthday

By 13 June 2013

Canberra’s professional and volunteer Firies will be marching through the Manuka shopping precinct to celebrate their 100th year of service to the community. Simon Corbell will march with them.
The torchlight parade will travel through the Manuka shopping precinct and will involve ACT Fire & Rescue fire fighters, Community Fire Unit volunteers as well as colleagues [...]

Meet the ACTSmart Sustainable Business Award Winners for 2013

By 13 June 2013

Today Simon Corbell said some very nice things about businesses that are making an effort to reduce waste at the 2013 ACTSmart Sustainable Business Awards breakfast.
“The quality of entries this year has been outstanding, with some accredited sites reducing waste to landfill by up to 90% over the past year,” Mr Corbell said.
“The number of [...]

Majura Parkway planning fail

By 6 June 2013

Brendan Smyth is having some fun with Simon Corbell’s planning efforts with the Majura Parkway:
It was revealed that Simon Corbell as Planning Minister was asked by businesses at the Majura Park Shopping Precinct to provide on and off access from the Majura Parkway to the northern end of the Majura Park Shopping Precinct. He declined, [...]

Simon continues to insist a fifth judge is not needed

By 5 June 2013

Amidst the broader farce of a city of 300,000 maintaining its own independent legal system we have today the complaint of the departing Zed Seselja that Labor has again kiboshed moves to appoint a fifth Supreme Court Judge.
If such a judge were to do their homework there’s a fighting chance cases could be resolved within [...]

Nanna Corbell’s tips for running your fire

By 5 June 2013

Simon Corbell is asking wood burners to help out with the air quality:
“The ACT Government has some great incentives for residents to replace their wood heater with more environmentally-friendly alternatives including an $800 rebate for a ducted gas system, and a $600 rebate for replacing it with new flued gas installations.”
“Replacing old wood heaters [...]

Petition to ban High Rise apartments in Reid

By 3 June 2013

We received the following email about a petition from a concerned resident of Reid.
For your information Rioters:
Some publicity on the following would be great!
If you have concerns about urban planning in Canberra, support this petition! Read the comments already made which demonstrate the need for redesign of this development which Minister Corbell appears to be [...]

Finally a lease resumed

By 28 May 2013

Simon Corbell has the happy news that the ACT has finally terminated an undeveloped lease:
The Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate (ESDD) has undertaken termination proceedings against the lessee of a residential Crown lease for a block that had remained undeveloped since 2006, Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, said today.
As a consequence [...]

Property and Personal crimes down in the ACT

By 14 May 2013

Good news everyone!
According to the stats in the March 2013 Criminal Justice Statistical Profile, the rates of personal and property crimes are dropping in the ACT, announced Simon Corbell today.
“I’m happy to report year on year decreases in a number of areas including robbery, burglary/break and enter, sexual offences, public order offences, property damage, assaults, [...]

ACT Law Week moseys into town

By 10 May 2013

It has been 80 years since the ACT Law Society rode into Canberra on horseback and tamed this anarchic and criminal city*, and now we get to celebrate with ACT Law Week!
The ACT Attorney-General, Mr Simon Corbell MLA, will officially launch ACT Law Week at a special lunch which will feature the ACT Golden Gavel [...]

Barr and Corbell promise big savings with red tape reduction

By 30 April 2013

“Cutting out the red tape” is a popular phrase to many people because it means less work, however this time it may also save up to $400,000 a year in the community sector claims Andrew Barr in a release today.
Expect people to like that phrase even more soon.
The ACT Government is committed to reducing red [...]

Stories of Canberra Planners: Oral History Project at the ACT Heritage Library

By 24 April 2013

Stories of Canberra Planners has collected several interviews with Canberra’s first town planners. These will be made available to the public as a part of the Canberra and Region heritage Festival announced Simon Corbell today.
“While official records provide information on resolutions and decisions, oral histories provide individual perspectives about the big issues and turning points [...]

A Labour of Love. A new book celebrating ACT Landcare

By 19 April 2013

A Labour of Love— Celebrating Landcare in the ACT is a new book being released as a part of the Canberra and Region Heritage Festival. It’s launching today
Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, has today joined local Landcare volunteers in celebrating the useful contribution they make in conserving our beautiful natural landscapes.
“The [...]

Victims of Crime Financial Assistance Scheme up for review

By 18 April 2013

Simon Corbell is calling for input from members of the community, and organisations on how the Victims of Crime Financial Assistance Scheme can be improved.
“The government recognises that crime takes an enormous physical, financial and emotional toll on its victims.” Mr Corbell said.
“The Victims of Crime Financial Assistance Scheme is one of the measures that [...]

Simon calls in the Thynne Street development in Bruce

By 12 April 2013

Further making us wonder what the point of the development approval system is Simon Corbell has announced another call in. (Which is a nice way to say he’s over riding the process).
Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, has today announced that he has called in and approved a $15 million office development [...]

Centenary Heritage Festival has launched

By 9 April 2013

Simon Corbell launched the Centenary Heritage Festival today.
“Canberra is an important part of the festival but this year the Capital Region will also feature heavily in the program of events to mark Goulburn’s 150th Birthday and Queanbeyan’s 175th birthday as well as the contribution that other towns like Yass, Bungendore and Braidwood make to the [...]

Simon approves the Brumbies real estate deal

By 5 April 2013

Simon Corbell has announced that he bypassing the approvals process to let the Brumbies big Griffith real estate deal roll on through:
Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, today announced the approval of a development proposal to build multi-unit housing on the site of the current Brumbies training facility in Griffith.
“My decision to [...]

Time to nominate your environmentally conscientious friends

By 2 April 2013

Do you know a group or individual who does a lot for the environment? Give them a nomination then.
Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell called today for nominations for the 2013 ACT Landcare Awards.
“Landcare is a strong and lasting community movement and the Landcare awards are an important event that recognise and [...]

Simon has money for your crime prevention ideas

By 28 March 2013

Simon Corbell has announced he’s got pots of proceeds of crime cash sitting around waiting for your good ideas on how to spend it to reduce crime:
Applications are now open for not-for-profit organisations and ACT Government agencies to receive a grant of up to $10,000 for crime prevention projects, Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, announced today.
“This is [...]

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