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New $1.25m ambulance station opens for Tuggeranong Valley
Release date: 06 May 2016
Simon Corbell, MLA

A new ambulance station, which will serve residents of Tuggeranong Valley, was officially opened by Minister for Police and Emergency Services Simon Corbell.

Project Independence opens in Latham
Release date: 06 May 2016
Yvette Berry, MLA

Yvette Berry has attended the official opening of the Project Independence site in Latham which offers affordable home ownership for people with intellectual disability.

Learning to solve the problems of tomorrow - Garran Primary School STEM Festival
Release date: 06 May 2016
Shane Rattenbury, MLA

Minister for Education, Shane Rattenbury, encouraged parents and teachers to explore the wonders of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects with their students at the inaugural 'Inspiring Our Children into STEM' event, which formed part of Garran Primary School's STEM Festival.

US delegation trip report presented to Assembly
Release date: 06 May 2016
Mick Gentleman, MLA

Minister for Planning and Land Management, Mick Gentleman reported on February's Urban Renewal delegation visit to United States and Canada to the Legislative Assembly.

Government rejects bid for 500 pokies at Casino, sends proponent back to drawing board
Release date: 06 May 2016
Simon Corbell, MLA

An upgraded Canberra Casino cannot have 500 poker machines and will not include the Canberra Convention Centre, the government has told the Casino's operators.

ACT Government welcomes elements of National Capital Plan amendments
Release date: 05 May 2016
Andrew Barr, MLA

The approval of the amendment will now allow the ACT Government, in a joint venture with the Riverview Group, to proceed with development in West Belconnen that will extend into NSW and include up to 11,500 dwellings, of which 6,500 will be in the ACT.

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Marymead Autumn Plant Sale/Monster Garage
7 May 2016

Come along to the Marymead Autumn Plant Sale/Monster Garage Sale from 9.00am – 1.00pm on Saturday 7 May at 255 Goyder Street, Narrabundah. There will be ground covers, herbs, perennials, shrubs, trees plus books, toys, bric-a-brac, clothes, sausage sizzle and much more. All proceeds go to Marymead.  For enquiries call Jo Dean-Ritchie 6162 5800.

Canberra International Music Festival
29 April - 8 May 2016

It's not just the way it sounds. It's the way it feels. Being up close. Following the journey of a piece of music from start to finish. That's the Canberra International Music Festival. Intimate performances, exceptional musicianship, in some of the capital's most iconic settings.

Mother's Day Classic
8 May 2016

The Mother's Day Classic is an annual fun run and walk raising funds and awareness for breast cancer research. It aims to deliver a fun, healthy and inspirational community event that brings the community together on Mother's Day to support and remember those touched by breast cancer.

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.

RSPCA Million Paws Walk
15 May 2016

Register Now and Walk to Fight Animal Cruelty in Australia's biggest dog walk! Held at Stage 88, Commonwealth Park, RSPCA ACT’s Million Paws Walk continues to be one of the most popular outdoor events for animal lovers and their furry friends. Enjoy a beautiful walk alongside Lake Burley Griffin on a stunning Canberra Autumn day with your pooch!

Old Bus Depot Markets - A Celebration of Wool
15 May 2016

Speak to wool producers, craftspeople and artists. View hand spinning, learn about hand felting and watch people weaving. Mix with stallholders, craft enthusiasts and other visitors who love to knit, felt, design and make home wares.

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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 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 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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Have your say on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2016-2020
Closing date: 13 May 2016

The ACT Government is developing an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan, which will outline priorities for the next five years (2016-2020).

We want to improve access to health care services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the ACT and our surrounding region.

The government is committed to closing the life expectancy gap that exists between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians. To do this, we are asking health services to make Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health their business, so that progress is made on closing the gap targets.

Key policies, including the ACT Government's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Agreement 2015-2018, underpin the framework of this health plan. It also incorporates outcomes from the review of the previous health plan, the health themes emerging from national health policy and ACT specific health data relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents. Valuable feedback from community consultation in 2014-2015 on the Discussion Paper, Development of the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2014-2019 has also been incorporated.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community sector, the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body, Gugan Gulwan Youth Aboriginal Corporation, Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service and other mainstream health services that deliver programs and services to the broader community will be invited to participate in the consultation process.

Have your say to help the Scarlet Robin (Petroica boodang) population avoid extinction
Closing date: 18 May 2016

The Scarlet Robin is an iconic, well-known bird familiar to many Canberrans, but is at risk of extinction in the region in the next 25-50 years.

The Scarlet Robin (Petroica multicolor) was declared a vulnerable species on 20 May 2015 (Instrument No. DI2015-88) under the former Nature Conservation Act 1980 (NC Act 1980).

The declaration followed a recommendation by the Flora and Fauna Committee guided by criteria formerly set out in Instrument No. DI2008-170. On 3 June 2015 the Committee recommended the scientific name for the Scarlet Robin be changed to P. boodang following a molecular study (Kearns et al 2015) and a revision of the taxonomy of Australian passerine bird species (Dickinson and Christidis 2014).

The former NC Act was repealed and replaced with the current Nature Conservation Act 2014 (NC Act 2014) on 11 June 2015. Part 2.4 of the NC Act 2014 established the Scientific Committee to replace the Flora and Fauna Committee.

On 29 July 2015 (Instrument No. NI2015-438) listings of threatened species as declared under the NC Act 1980, including the formerly declared vulnerable species, the Scarlet Robin, were listed under the NC Act 2014. The scientific name of the Scarlet Robin listed as vulnerable under the NC Act 2014 will be updated to P. boodang as soon as practicable in 2016.

For further information, please visit the Environment and Planning Directorate website.

Have your say on the draft ACT and Region Catchment Strategy
Closing date: 18 May 2016

The ACT Government is working with the Commonwealth, NSW (state and local) governments, Icon Water and the community (through the Upper Murrumbidgee Catchment Coordinating Committee) to improve the social, economic and environmental outcomes for ACT and regional catchments. The draft ACT and Region Catchment Strategy provides an opportunity for you to review and comment on the draft Strategy.

The ACT Government agreed to help establish the ACT and Region Catchment Management Coordination Group made up of executive-level representatives from the Commonwealth, ACT and NSW (state and local) governments, Icon Water, a community representative and an independent Chair, Professor Ian R. Falconer.

The Group's role is to help government, community and industry to work together to achieve the best mix of outcomes to optimise the economic development of the region whilst providing a resilient and liveable environment.

The Coordination Group was tasked with the development of the ACT and Region Catchment Strategy (Catchment Strategy), which sets out the principles for governance, describes the key factors that will affect the catchment over the next 30 years and the actions that aim to optimise outcomes for the region.

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.

Water refill stations community survey
Closing date: 4 May 2016

In 2015 the ACT Government completed the installation of 30 'Water on Tap' water refill stations in parks and public places across Canberra. View the list of locations.

Each water refill station has two nozzles to refill water bottles as well as a drinking fountain. They are wheelchair accessible and have been designed to be easily located in crowded areas. At some locations they also include a drinking bowl for dogs.

The community is also able to hire 'Water on Tap' portable water refill stations for their own event for free. There are eight stations available and they can be hired by emailing National Mailing and Marketing on

The ACT Government would like community feedback on the water refill stations as part of an evaluation and are also asking for suggestions for new locations of any future water refill stations.
You can provide your feedback by completing this short survey by 5 pm Wednesday 4 May 2016.

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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 Employment Agent Licence 06 May 2016
Application for Real Estate Agent Licence 06 May 2016
Environmental Protection Agreement - multiple organisations 05 May 2016
Application for Registration of a Salesperson 05 May 2016
Application for Liquor Licence 05 May 2016
Application for Liquor Licence 05 May 2016
Application for Real Estate Agent Licence 04 May 2016
Application for Registration of a Salesperson 04 May 2016
Application for Registration of a Salesperson 04 May 2016
Application for Registration of a Salesperson 04 May 2016
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