Community Noticeboard

New commissioner to advocate for Canberra’s vulnerable people
Release date: 27 May 2016
Simon Corbell, MLA

A new Discrimination, Health Services, and Disability and Community Services Commissioner, Ms Karen Toohey, will begin working at the restructured ACT Human Rights Commission from 4 July, Attorney-General Simon Corbell announced.

Bridge strengthening works continue on Monaro Highway
Release date: 27 May 2016
Territory and Municipal Services

The ACT Government wish to advise motorists and other road users that bridge strengthening works will continue this weekend and next weekend, weather permitting on the Monaro Highway, Hume.

Pack the binoculars and look out for birds
Release date: 27 May 2016
Territory and Municipal Services

Ever wondered 'what bird is that' when looking up to the sky? The Birdwatching for Beginners short course at the Jerrabomberra Wetlands is a sure way to help identify some of Canberra's many diverse and interesting bird species as well as the bird calls that we often hear.

Temporary road closure on Sandford Street near cemetery
Release date: 27 May 2016
Territory and Municipal Services

The ACT Government wishes to advise motorists and other road users of temporary closures on Sandford Street, Mitchell between Gungahlin Drive and the roundabout at the entrance of Norwood Park Crematorium and the Gungahlin Cemetery.

Everyone to pay fair share as government cracks down on tax cheats
Release date: 26 May 2016
Andrew Barr, MLA

The ACT Government will hire specialist investigators to track down tax cheats so everyone pays their fair share towards our schools and hospitals.

Bin collections to take place this Friday 27 May 2016
Release date: 25 May 2016
Territory and Municipal Services

Following a meeting of drivers employed by household waste and recycling bin collection company SUEZ, industrial action notified for this Friday 27 May 2016 will not take place.

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The Vinyl Lounge
1 April - 3 June 2016

Reminiscent of record clubs of the 1970s, you'll enjoy a diverse selection of folk, world, rock, funk and lounge music from the Golden Age of vinyl, 1960s - 1980s. Bring your LPs and groove into the Vinyl Lounge!

The Truffle Festival - Canberra Region
1 June - 31 August 2016

The Truffle Festival - Canberra Region is the ultimate foodie festival. Each year from June to August individual events are held across the region highlighting the rare Black Winter Truffle. Participating venues offer a range opportunities to taste and experience the magic of these highly prized gems.

afterDARK - Winter Lantern Tours
4 June - 6 August 2016

Wrap up warm for afterDARK Lantern Tours and enjoy a fresh winter's evening in the nation's capital. Participate in a lantern making workshop then embark on a fascinating night tour of the Australian National Botanic Gardens with your own ranger guide.

Canberra MS Walk + Fun Run
5 June 2016

Enjoy a great day out with family and friends and support Australians living with multiple sclerosis by taking part in the MS Walk + Fun Run. Choose to walk or run 5 kms or 10kms, while taking in the views of Canberra's most recognisable landmarks. The easy grade tracks start and finish at Rond Terrances, Commonwealth Park.

Bush Capital: The natural history of the ACT
12 March - 26 June 2016

Bush Capital showcases the natural history of the Australian Capital Territory. With the selection of the Yass-Canberra region as the location for the national capital, the phrase 'Bush Capital' became enshrined as an integral part of the city's identity.

Handmade Market June
11 - 12 June 2016

Shop Canberra's award winning Handmade Market which brings together talented artists, designers, stylists, craftspeople and gourmets all under one roof. Find that unique gift from the region.

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ACT Book of the Year Award open
Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate

Are you an ACT based author who had a book published in 2015? Nominations for the ACT Book of the Year Award are now open. The Award recognises excellence in literature and is valued at $10,000.

The closing date is 5pm, 1 June 2016. For further information visit www.arts.act.gov.au or phone 6207 2384.

ACT Arts Fund - 2017 Project Funding open
Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate

Are you planning an exciting and innovative arts project for 2017? Online applications for 2017 Project Funding are open and will close 5pm, 10 June 2016

An Information Session will be held at the Ainslie Arts Centre, Elouera St, Braddon on Tuesday 10 May 2016 from 5:30 – 6:30 pm.

Additionally, individual consultation sessions will be held at the Ainslie, Belconnen and Tuggeranong Arts Centres. For bookings phone 6207 2384.

For further information visit http://www.arts.act.gov.au or phone 6207 2384.

Car share trial in the ACT
Transport for Canberra

A two year car sharing trial, giving residents access to a fleet of 22 vehicles across Canberra is now available.

The trial is being run by two car sharing companies GoGet and Popcar, who have already established programs across Australia.

22 car spaces across the ACT including the City (Magistrates Court Car park and London Circuit/Constitution Avenue), Dickson (Challis Street) and the Parliamentary Triangle have been allocated for these cars.

The program has a number of environmental benefits for the ACT, as well as economic benefits for those who use it.

The car sharing program will use newer, more fuel-efficient cars, including hybrid vehicles. By encouraging sharing the same vehicle between a number of different people, the program should encourage less car usage for individuals and fewer cars on the road.

For more information visit the Transport for Canberra website.

Mulligans Flat closure
Territory and Municipal Services Directorate

Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary will be closed every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 8 pm to 4 am the following day throughout the month of March 2016 (excluding public holidays).

Between 1 April 2016 to 30 September 2016 it will be closed every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6 pm to 4 am the following day (excluding public holidays).

The closures are to allow for the ongoing program to control rabbit and hare populations.

Notification signage is in place at all public entrances to the reserve to alert people to the closure. For more information please call Access Canberra on 13 22 81.

Mattress recycling program commences in the ACT
Territory and Municipal Services Directorate

A new mattress recycling facility has commenced operation in the ACT. Canberra residents can drop their old mattresses off at the Hume Sheds on John Cory Circuit from 7.30am to 3.30pm Monday to Friday to have them recycled for a fee. A convenient pick up service is also available.

The new facility, run by Soft Landing, will recycle up to 90 percent of mattress components. An average mattress contains 12.5kg of steel, 4kg of foam and 12kg for a wood base which can be separated for recycling to divert thousands of tonnes of waste from landfill each year.

There will be price increases to enable the transition from mattress disposal to a social and environmental mattress recycling project. The gate fee at the Mitchell and Mugga Lane Resource Management Centres will be increased to be in line with other jurisdictions.

For more information, including fees, please visit the Territory and Municipal Services website.

Important safety hazard alert: Actsmart shower timer
Environment and Planning Directorate

The Environment and Planning Directorate is today issuing a product safety notice for its Actsmart branded shower timers.

The shower timers were handed out at community events, workshops and home energy program visits in the last 12 months.

The product safety hazard relates to the packaging containing a loose button battery, which, if swallowed could cause harm. As long as the button battery is installed correctly, community members using the shower timers are not at risk. More information on button battery safety is available from the Product Safety Australia website.

The ACT Government is committed to safety of all its promotional items and is investigating this matter further.

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Designs completed for Horse Park Drive stage 2 duplication
Closing date: 13 June 2016

The ACT Government has committed $57 million to the duplication of Horse Park Drive between the Federal Highway and Well Station Drive and between Anthony Rolfe Avenue and Mulligans Flat Road.

Preliminary designs have been completed for the duplication of these two sections of Horse Park Drive. Your feedback on these designs and the features of the duplication works is sought to help inform the final sketch plans.

A list of features the duplication works will include is provided below. Alternatively, you can view a map of the Horse Park Drive stage 2 duplication.

Segway Review Discussion Paper
Closing date: 24 June 2016

Since 2011, the ACT has allowed the use of Segway vehicles by commercial guided tour operators in the central basin area of Lake Burley Griffin.

The ACT Government is committed to reviewing the use of Segways and Segway type vehicles in the ACT.

The purpose of this discussion paper is to examine the issues relating to the use of Segways and Segway type vehicles in the ACT and whether greater use of these vehicles can be allowed, in a way which satisfies safety and amenity considerations.

The views of stakeholders and other interested community members are sought on the possible options for dealing with Segway use in the ACT. It would be of assistance if those making a submission provide views on the questions in the "Options for the future" section of the Segway Review Discussion Paper. Comment on other relevant issues would also be appreciated.

The discussion paper is available for viewing.

Remuneration Tribunal Review into part-time public office holder salaries and entitlements
Closing date: 27 June 2016

The ACT Remuneration Tribunal is conducting a major review of the remuneration and methodology used to determine the salaries and entitlements of Part-Time Public Office Holders working within boards, committees and other entities connected with the ACT Government.

A discussion paper has been published and is available on the Tribunal's website. The Tribunal seeks input from members of the public, Part-Time Public Office Holders and stakeholders on any points of discussion contained in the discussion paper.

The period for submissions will be open until COB Monday 27 June 2016.

Following closure of submissions, the Tribunal will collate the information into a final report for consideration at its 2016 Spring Review.

Gungahlin and Phillip outdoor community fitness stations
Closing date: 21 August 2016

Over 150 respondents took part in a community consultation in July/August 2015 to help design new outdoor fitness stations for Yerrabi Pond District Park in Gungahlin and Eddison Park in Phillip.

The equipment each facility will receive has been selected following this community consultation. Both sites will receive a sit up bench, seated rower, leg press, chest press, leg raise and dip bars, and the Gungahlin site will also receive an assisted pull up machine.

This equipment will allow the community to undertake their preferred exercises which were identified as stretching (65%), body pull ups and push ups (64%), tricep dips (58%), sit ups (56%), rowing (53%) and pull ups and leg raises (53%).

The site for both of the fitness stations was also selected by the community. The station at Yerrabi Pond District Park will be in a large open space to the north of the play equipment and at Eddison Park the station will be adjacent to the pedestrian path.

Construction on the new fitness stations is expected to commence in March 2016 and works will be undertaken by The Great Outdoor Gym Company which has delivered outdoor gyms across Australia and the world.

Over 70% of respondents said the new equipment would encourage them to be more active, with people wanting to use it daily (10%), two to three times a week (38%) and weekly (37%).

Play Space Upgrade at Point Hut Pond District Park
Closing date: 31 December 2016

Following on from the results of the consultation a new climbing structure that is unique to the park has been chosen as the preferred new item to replace the flying fox. Play opportunities for children with a disability was also reviewed as part of the consultation and as such, inclusive items have been added to the climbing unit. New swings that include a range of seat types will be constructed.

These new play items are targeted to a broad age range with a focus on primary school aged children. Local consultant Redbox Design Group has designed the new play space equipment. The finali designs can be viewed on the Territory and Municipal Services website.

Tenders are now open for the construction of the new climbing structure and swings. Construction is schedule to commence in March 2016 and be completed by mid-2016.

The ACT Government is committed to encouraging outdoor play and making healthy lifestyle choices easier. Encouraging people to participate in physical activity is just one way we can achieve healthy weight outcomes.

For more details on the Point Hut Pond District Park play space upgrade visit the Territory and Municipal Services website.

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Recent changes to legislation have removed the requirement for the ACT Government to publish public notices in newspapers. Public notices can now be published on an ACT Government website. For more information about Red Tape Reduction please visit the Access Canberra website.

Public notice Release date
Application for Registration of a Salesperson 31 May 2016
Application for Registration of a Salesperson 31 May 2016
Application for Real Estate Agent Licence 30 May 2016
Annual Review of Environmental Authorisation 27 May 2016
Environmental Protection Agreement 27 May 2016
Application for an Environmental Authorisation 27 May 2016
Application for Registration of a Salesperson 27 May 2016
Community Consultation on Technical Amendment to the Territory Plan Variation 2016-04 (TA2016-04) 27 May 2016
Application for Registration of a Salesperson 27 May 2016
Environment Protection (General) Environment Protection Policy 2016 24 May 2016
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