Page 1769 - Week 06 - Tuesday, 7 June 2016

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With developments in existing parts of Canberra, such as the City to the Lake and the Canberra Brickworks projects, we are bringing new people and new life to the heart of our city. As well as delivering almost 1,300 new homes for some of the most vulnerable in our community, our public housing renewal program provides homes close to transport and services.

Many of these new homes will be on the Northbourne Avenue corridor, alongside one of the most transformational projects in this city’s history: our first light rail line.

I am proud that my Government has signed the contract for the building of the first stage of a city-wide light rail network—just as our city was designed to have. Light rail will connect our city’s heart to its fastest-growing region, reducing travel times and helping Canberra become the city it was always meant to be. I look forward to announcing the details of stage two of the project.

We have brought responsibility for transport together in a single place, and this budget backs our ambitions for transport in this city with investments in buses, new park and ride facilities, and integrated ticketing.

We are a government that recognises that car travel will always be an important part of Canberra life. That’s why we’re duplicating key roads such as Horse Park Drive, Ashley Drive, Cotter Road and Aikman Drive, and increasing funding for road maintenance.

Caring for our environment continues to be a high priority for the Government. The Territory is leading Australia in our response to climate change, with 100 per cent of our power for the city of Canberra to be provided by renewable energy by 2020.

We are expanding our city’s nature reserves, improving species and habitat protection and cleaning up our city’s waterways. We are continuing to invest in sustainable public transport, and we are doing even more to encourage walking and cycling: active transport for Canberra.


This budget delivers the services Canberrans need and builds our economy to expand those services in the future.

We are returning to a balanced budget in a progressive way by investing in our economy and supporting our community with jobs and services.

We are listening to Canberrans and delivering the quality services they expect: in schools, hospitals, transport and in Canberra’s great suburbs.

We are caring for vulnerable Canberrans.

We are helping local businesses to grow and create jobs, and encouraging investment and diversification in our city’s economy.

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