Mayor Rattenbury is looking back with pride on his first year as a Minister:
On the anniversary of his first year as a Minister in the ALP-Greens ACT Government, Shane Rattenbury has reflected on the role he has played both as a minister and as a Greens Member of the Assembly.
“It’s been an interesting and challenging year in many ways,” said Mr Rattenbury.
“While it’s actually an incredibly successful way of operating, people are still challenged by the notion that a Minister who comes from a different political party can work effectively with other members of Government.
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“The Greens commitment to light rail has ensured the Capital Metro project is now firmly underway, putting us on a path to a sustainable transport system and increased economic and development opportunities.
“I’m also pleased with the Common Ground project, which will establish accommodation for up to 40 individuals or couples who are experiencing or are at risk of homelessness.
“The Greens have made legislative changes to allow the community to better challenge government decisions and we will soon move legislation to improve freedom of information.
“We have introduced legislation to outlaw factory farming practices in the ACT and appointed a Commissioner for Standards for the Assembly to allow for better scrutiny of Government.
“The Greens instigated an enquiry into vulnerable road users to improve the safety of cyclists, pedestrians and motorcyclists. The inquiry will gather evidence from the community and experts, and examine best practice approaches to protect and encourage vulnerable road users.
“Another key initiative of the ACT Greens in the Parliamentary Agreement was increased funding for park rangers and biodiversity which will improve restoration of Canberra’s woodlands, parks and nature reserve, including conservation monitoring, with a focus on Canberra Nature Park and threatened grasslands.
“Two new park ranger positions were appointed earlier this year, including a new Parkcare Ranger position and continued funding for the Indigenous Ranger position. A further three rangers will be appointed in 2015-16.