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New fast-tracked infrastructure projects, like the Lower Cotter Catchment Restoration Program, will keep Canberra going.

29 April 2020

Canberrans staying in work through fast-tracked infrastructure projects.

Work has begun on accelerated infrastructure and maintenance projects across the city as part of the ACT Government’s economic survival package to boost activity in Canberra.

One of the projects is the Lower Cotter Catchment Restoration Program which will see staff and contractors’ plant native seedlings, remove invasive weed infestations, and control soil erosion in targeted areas.

The work will support land restoration and improve water quality in the Lower Cotter Catchment.

Workers will be responsible for controlling invasive environmental weeds that have been an ongoing issue in the reserve. Invasive species like blackberry and pine wildings pose a significant threat. They displace native plants and provide shelter for rabbits and pigs, which are pests.

Other fast-tracked projects will help local construction businesses keep more Canberrans employed, while renewing local infrastructure across the city.

The program has focused on ‘screwdriver’ ready works that can start immediately, providing the opportunity for local businesses to keep workers employed. Works on these projects are scheduled to be completed by 30 June this year.

Among the projects there is close to $9.75 million in works to upgrade and build new footpaths, improve road safety, upgrade waste and transport facilities as well as undertake landscaping in open spaces.

Path and crossing improvements have been requested by members of the community or have been identified as missing links in our shared path network, that will help to encourage active travel options within the community such as walking and cycling.

The ACT Government will also be funding work to repair pavers, undertake mulching around trees and garden beds and refresh shade structures and seating in open spaces.

As well these projects, existing infrastructure initiatives such as the new Belconnen Bikeway and the Tuggeranong Laneways project are continuing to push ahead.

Further projects to be funded will be announced in the coming weeks as contracts are signed.

The ACT Government has also created hundreds of new jobs as part of the Jobs for Canberrans fund.

For more information about the Fast-track Program visit: act.gov.au/fastrack

To find out about help, advice and support during the COVID-19 situation head to covid19.act.gov.au

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