Australian Capital Territory

ACT Legislative Assembly

Bill to improve planning and building legislation tabled by ACT Planning Minister

AN omnibus bill that makes a number of minor changes to Environment and Planning Directorate (EPD) legislation was tabled in the Legislative Assembly by ACT Planning Minister Mick Gentleman last week.

"The Planning, Building and Environment Legislation Amendment Bill 2014 (No. 2) is part of EPD's omnibus legislation amendment bill process which provides an efficient avenue for consideration of minor matters in a consolidated single bill," Mr Gentleman said.

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Capital Metro

Business case approved for first stage of Canberra's Capital Metro light rail project

AN expression of interest process will soon be launched for the Capital Metro project, after the ACT Government approved the business case for the 12-kilometre first stage of the project between the City and Gungahlin.

At an industry briefing last week, ACT Capital Metro Minister Simon Corbell told more than 300 local, national and international representatives that the government would begin the expression of interest at the end of the October, with the project to be delivered as a public private partnership.

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ACT wind power auction attracts 18 proposals

DESPITE industry uncertainty following a review of the national Renewable Energy Target scheme, the ACT Government continues to strive towards its own 90 per cent renewable energy target, with Environment Minister Simon Corbell last week revealing 'keen interest' in the government's wind auction.

Mr Corbell said eighteen proposals, representing a combined capacity of more than 1,000 megawatts, were lodged by the closing date on Wednesday 3 September for the opportunity to share in 200MW of generation capacity to be awarded by reverse auction.

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Australia's largest PV solar farm near Royalla in ACT officially opens

ACT Environment Minister Simon Corbell last week said Canberra is a step closer to meeting its 90 per cent renewable energy target, with the official opening of Fotowatio Renewable Ventures' (FRV) 20 megawatt solar farm near Royalla, approximately 23 kilometres south of Canberra's CBD.

The photovoltaic (PV) solar farm, which will generate enough electricity to supply around 4,500 homes, was successful in the 'fast-track stream' of the ACT Government's Solar Auction process in 2012 and construction commenced last year.

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Draft ACT approval bilateral agreement released for public comment

A DRAFT bilateral agreement that provides a single process for environmental approvals in the Australian Capital Territory was last week released for public comment by Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt and ACT Planning Minister Mick Gentleman.

The draft agreement facilitates the establishment of a 'one-stop shop' for environmental approvals by accrediting ACT processes for the approval of proposed actions that would otherwise be assessed by the Australian Government for approval under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

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ACT Government signs agreement for 'one stop shop' environmental approvals

A NEW assessment bilateral agreement that aims to remove duplication and provide a single process for environmental assessments in the Australian Capital Territory has been signed by the Commonwealth and ACT governments.

In a joint statement, Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt and ACT Environment Minister Simon Corbell described the agreement as an important milestone in streamlining the environmental assessment process in the ACT through the Australian Government's 'one stop shop' policy.

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NCA to investigate development potential of west of Tuggeranong

FEDERAL Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Jamie Briggs last week announced that he has asked the National Capital Authority (NCA) to investigate the potential for urban development to the west of Tuggeranong in Canberra.

"After a series of discussions with Senator Zed Seselja who is passionate about Canberra's future, I have asked the NCA to commence work to consider the development of land west of Tuggeranong, across the Murrumbidgee River," Mr Briggs said.

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ACT Cabinet reshuffle results in new Minister for Planning

ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher has announced new portfolios for ministers to allow for the inclusion of a sixth minister into Cabinet, Mick Gentleman, who gains responsibility for a number of portfolios, including planning.

"Existing ministers have kept their major portfolio responsibilities under these new arrangements reflecting their strong performance over past years and to maintain consistency in work that is underway particularly in major projects," the Chief Minister said.

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Early designs unveiled for Capital Metro light rail project

CANBERRA'S Capital Metro light rail project will connect the City to Gungahlin via a 12 kilometre route along the centre median of Northbourne Avenue, the Federal Highway, Flemington Road and Hibberson Street and include up to 13 potential stops and a depot at Mitchell, according to early designs unveiled by the ACT Government last week.

The proposed route will start and finish just north of Alinga Street in the city and just east of Gungahlin Place on Hibberson Street in Gungahlin. The terminus at Alinga Street was selected to allow future extension options to be fully explored by the light rail master plan that is currently under way.

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ACT Cabinet supports 'whole-of-government commitment' to housing sector

ACT Deputy Chief Minister Andrew Barr and Minister for Territory and Municipal Services Shane Rattenbury last week announced a Cabinet decision to strengthen and expand the Territory's public and social housing sector.

According to the media statement, Cabinet has agreed to a whole-of-government approach to the housing sector and supported a range of measures, including increasing community housing stock, accelerating the renewal of ageing government housing and maintaining and extending the Territory's 'salt and pepper' approach into new suburbs.

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ACT Government approves planning changes for Tuggeranong Town Centre

CHANGES to car parking requirements, increased height limits in key locations and a number of rezonings are expected to help encourage development and revitalise the Tuggeranong town centre following the ACT Government's approval of draft variation 318 (DV318) to the Territory Plan.

The changes also seek to consolidate the existing centre by reducing car dependency and locating more people closer to existing businesses. The draft variation is the first stage in the implementation of the Tuggeranong Town Centre Master Plan 2012.

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More 40km/h speed limit precincts likely in Canberra

ACT Territory and Municipal Services Minister Shane Rattenbury has announced the start of an investigation into additional slow speed precincts in Canberra after revealing the results of an evaluation of 40 km/h speed limit precincts in the Belconnen, City and Tuggeranong town centres.

"Forty kilometre speed limit precincts were introduced in the three town centres in June last year following a successful trial of reduced speed limit precincts in the Gungahlin and Woden Town Centres," Mr Rattenbury said in a statement last week.

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Capital Metro to support more than 3,500 jobs during construction

THE Capital Metro light rail project will support more than 3,500 direct and indirect jobs during construction and many more into the future, according to a report by Ernst and Young that was released by the ACT Government last week.

The Capital Metro Job Creation Analysis report describes the benefits of the 12-kilometre light rail project between Canberra's central business district and Gungahlin in the north by modelling the most likely type, number and timing of jobs supported by the construction and operation of the project, as well as through the development of land adjacent to the project corridor.

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