Australian Capital Territory

ACT Government calls for tenders to develop Light Rail Master Plan

ACT Environment and Sustainable Development Minister Simon Corbell last week announced that the government is seeking tenders to prepare the master plan for a light rail network that will connect residential development with areas of employment, retail and entertainment.

The study aims to inform decision-making about future investment in light rail in Canberra and follows the government's commitment to deliver the Capital Metro light rail project along Northbourne Avenue between Gungahlin and the City Centre, with 'tracks in the ground' by 2016.

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ACT Government to partner with private sector to deliver major projects

THE ACT Government last week said it will use Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) as an option to deliver major infrastructure projects in the Territory, following the release of a new procurement framework to help engage the private sector.

In a statement, Treasurer and Deputy Chief Minister Andrew Barr said the performance-driven contracts will help deliver major infrastructure projects and ensure they are completed on time and on budget, as well as provide a boost to the local economy.

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ACT Government Infrastructure Plan Update 2013-14 released

ACT Deputy Chief Minister and Treasurer Andrew Barr last week released the2013-14 Update of the ACT Government Infrastructure Plan, which provides an overview of key infrastructure projects that the ACT Government has funded through the 2013-14 Budget or is considering funding over the next decade or so.

Mr Barr said that as well as informing the community, the Plan is intended to advise the construction industry and other relevant business sectors of a continuing pipeline of projects to help deliver the government's longer-term objectives for the ACT, which include economic growth and urban renewal.

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ACT Government releases draft City Plan

ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher and Environment and Sustainable Development Minister Simon Corbell last week called on the community to have their say on the future growth of the city centre, following the release of the draft City Plan.

The draft City Plan sets a vision for the development of the city centre, including improved public spaces, transport choices and opportunities for growth. It aims for a doubling of the residential population in the city centre by 2030 and outlines a number of key projects and opportunities for the city centre.

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Work to soon start on Tuggeranong's Southquay development

THE ACT Government last week announced that work is about to start on Southquay, a new-mixed use development on the shores of Lake Tuggeranong that will result in the creation of up to 1,000 dwellings and more than 3,000 square metres of commercial space.

The entire urban precinct, which comprises 13 blocks with development on both sides of the lake, will be built in stages, with the western side between Anketell Street and the lake to be constructed first followed by the area between the lake and Drakeford Drive.

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First sod turned at the site of Australia's largest solar PV farm

CONSTRUCTION of Australia's largest photovoltaic solar farm officially commenced last week when Environment and Sustainable Development Minister Simon Corbell turned the first sod at the site of the Royalla Solar Farm in the Tuggeranong district, which is expected to be completed in the first half of 2014.

The Royalla Solar Farm is owned by Spanish company Fotowatio Renewable Ventures and is expected to provide 20 megawatts of renewable energy when operating at full capacity, or enough to meet the demands of 5,000 households. The solar farm is also expected to eliminate 700,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions during its first 20 years of operation.

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ACT Government seeks public input for light rail design study

THE ACT Government is seeking public input to a preliminary design study for the Capital Metro light rail project, Environment and Sustainable Development Minister, Simon Corbell, announced last week.

Mr Corbell said the Light Rail Integration Study will examine issues associated with integrating the light rail corridor from Gungahlin to the City with the broader public transport network, as well as the requirements of intermodal stations and stops along the route.

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Work to start on mixed-use development in Campbell

THE ACT Government last week announced that plans to create a distinctive and high quality urban precinct are moving ahead, with construction to soon commence on a new mixed-used development on a 6.4 hectare site on the corner of Constitution Avenue and Anzac Park in Campbell.

The site will include medium- and high-density development on five parcels of land and provide 520 residential units, with ground floor frontages for shops and cafes along Constitution Avenue. There will also be the opportunity for a hotel as well as commercial uses.

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Construction of Royalla Solar Farm set to commence by end of year

ACT Environment and Sustainable Development Minister Simon Corbell last week congratulated Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV) on its announcement that it has achieved financial close for the Royalla Solar Farm project.

"This is important news for this major project, a year after FRV was granted a feed-in tariff as the sole winner of the fast-track stream of the ACT Government's large-scale solar auction," Mr Corbell said.

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Canberra's newest suburb about to take shape

THE ACT Land Development Agency last week announced that construction is about to begin on a new residential housing estate at Lawson, in the Belconnen district and located on the foreshore of Lake Ginninderra and adjacent to the suburbs of Kaleen, McKellar and Bruce.

Set on 100 hectares, Lawson is expected to have a mix of about 1,850 low, medium and higher density dwellings and include a small retail centre and community facilities. The suburb is located approximately 2.5 kilometres from the Belconnen Town Centre and 7 kilometres from Civic.

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ACT Government announces two new solar farms

TWO additional new large-scale solar farms will be built in Canberra after the winning bidders in the latest stage of the ACT's Solar Auction were announced last week by ACT Environment and Sustainable Development Minister Simon Corbell.

Mr Corbell said the two new solar farms to be developed in Canberra are the result of the government's Solar Auction process, which will contribute over $100 million worth of capital investment in renewable energy for the city.

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Australian Government approves Gungahlin plan for up to 13,000 dwellings

THE Australian Government has approved further development in the Gungahlin district in the ACT, following a comprehensive strategic assessment of the region under national environment law that will potentially allow for the development of up to 13,000 new dwellings.

Federal Environment Minister Mark Butler, who made the approval last month, said the ACT Government's Gungahlin Plan for the progressive development of Gungahlin over the next 20 years satisfied both developmental and environmental aims.

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ACT to prepare revised submission for Capital Metro project

THE ACT Government is developing a revised submission to be lodged with Infrastructure Australia in September this year for the Capital Metro light rail project, Environment and Sustainable Development Minister Simon Corbell announced last week.

Mr Corbell made the announcement as he released the government's earlier submission from August 2012 to Infrastructure Australia (IA), saying the previous submission had not identified a preference for either bus rapid transit (BRT) or light rail transit (LRT) for the Gungahlin to City transport corridor.

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