Australian Capital Territory

ACT Government announces extension of 'early bird' bus fare trial

ACT Territory and Municipal Services Minister Shane Rattenbury last week announced that the ACTION early bird trial, which rewards commuters who catch a bus before the weekday morning peak period, has been extended by four weeks from Friday 30 May to Friday 27 June 2014.

Mr Rattenbury said that due to the promising results of the trial, which commenced in early May and offered a $1 early bird fare to MyWay card holders who catch a bus before 7:30 am on weekdays, the initial four-week trial period has been doubled to eight weeks.

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ACT Government announces completion of Gungahlin public transport upgrade

ACT Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, last week announced the completion of a $3.325 million project to upgrade public transport facilities around the Gungahlin Town Centre precinct.

"Since July 2013, work has been underway to deliver significant public transport infrastructure improvements around the expanding Gungahlin Town Centre precinct," Mr Rattenbury said.

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ACT Government announces trial of 'early bird' bus fares

ACT Territory and Municipal Services Minister Shane Rattenbury last week announced that a trial of $1 early bird fares for ACTION commuters who catch a bus before 7:30am on weekdays will take place between May 5 and May 30.

Mr Rattenbury said the early bird trial will reward passengers by reducing their MyWay fare to just $1 per trip – a saving of $1.84 per trip. He added that the measure will also help passengers avoid peak hour crowds.

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Firms appointed to undertake Canberra Light Rail Master Plan project

ACT Environment and Sustainable Development Minister Simon Corbell last week announced the appointment of consulting firms Arup, CBRE, Tract, Brown Consulting and Purdon Associates to undertake the Canberra Light Rail Master Plan project.

Mr Corbell said the tender process for the project, which will investigate further routes for light rail in Canberra, was highly competitive with eight submissions received, including both national and international companies.

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ACT Government calls for wind energy proposals

THE ACT Government last week announced the start of its reverse auction process for 200 megawatts of wind energy feed-in tariff, with interested companies invited to submit proposals for new wind farm projects.

Environment and Sustainable Development Minister Simon Corbell said the proposals would be judged on a combination of factors, including price, local investment and proven community engagement.

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ACT Government progresses proposal to fast-track major development

ACT Environment and Sustainable Development Minister Simon Corbell last week announced that legislation that aims to help cut through building and construction industry red tape and fast-track priority developments in the Territory has been agreed to in the Assembly.

The Planning and Development (Project Facilitation) Amendment Bill 2014 was agreed to in principle and has now been referred to a committee for more consultation before being debated in May.

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Canberra Airport releases draft master plan for feedback

WITH a vision to develop as a first-class facility to serve the region's evolving transportation, business and development needs and to maximise the growth of a wide range of aeronautical and other businesses, Canberra Airport last week announced the release of its Preliminary Draft Master Plan.

"Almost 16 years ago, we set out with a vision to create the best small airport in the world. Our previous master plans in 1999, 2005 and 2009 outlined the approach needed to achieve that and we have invested heavily in delivering a national infrastructure asset of which the Canberra Region community can be justly proud," said Managing Director Stephen Byron.

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ACT Assembly endorses 90 per cent renewable energy program

ACT Environment and Sustainable Development Minister Simon Corbell last week announced that the Legislative Assembly has passed legislation to increase the amount of renewable energy to be supplied through Canberra's large-scale feed-in tariff scheme to 550 megawatts.

"I have made a number of announcements over the past fortnight in relation to renewable energy – these initiatives all highlight the broad range of investment opportunities for the community and industry in this sector," Mr Corbell said in the statement.

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ACT Government announces 200MW wind auction to power 80,000 homes

DESCRIBING it as the largest step taken by the ACT Government to date to meet the 90 per cent renewable energy target by 2020, Environment and Sustainable Development Minister Simon Corbell last week unveiled plans for a 200 megawatt wind auction to be completed in 2014.

Following the passage of amendments to the Electricity Feed-in (Large-scale Renewable Energy) Act 2011, the government expects to proceed immediately to release 200 megawatts of generation capacity to be awarded by reverse auction.

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ACT Government to amend large scale feed-in tariff law to help meet renewables target

THE ACT Government will amend its large scale feed-in tariff law to support the development of up to 550 megawatts of large scale wind, solar and waste to energy projects to help achieve the city's greenhouse gas reduction targets, Environment and Sustainable Development Minister Simon Corbell announced last week.

The announcement confirms an expansion of the amount of renewable energy generation able to be supported by the Electricity Feed in (Large Scale Renewable Energy Generation) Act, from the existing cap of 210 megawatts to a proposed 550 megawatts – enough to achieve the mandated 90 per cent renewable energy target set last year.

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ACT Government appoints technical adviser for Capital Metro project

ACT Environment and Sustainable Development Minister Simon Corbell last week said the Capital Metro Agency has taken a crucial step in bringing light rail to Canberra, with the appointment of an Arup-led consortium to deliver technical advice.

The consortium also includes light rail expertise from HASSELL and Parsons Brinckerhoff alongside local specialist consultants Brown Consulting, LandDATA Surveys, Phillip Chun Access, SLR Consulting, GML Heritage and dsb Landscape Architects.

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Rollout of Canberra's NXTBUS real time system continues

ACT Minister for Territory and Municipal Services Shane Rattenbury last week announced that another 15 LED display screens will be installed over the coming weeks at ACTION bus stations and selected major bus stops as part of the rollout of the NXTBUS real time system for ACTION Buses.

"The 15 screens are being installed at Westfield Belconnen bus station, Cohen Street bus station, Australian National University bus stop, Barton bus stop, Belconnen community bus station, City West bus stop, Gungahlin bus station, Kippax bus stop, Tuggeranong bus station and Woden bus station," Mr Rattenbury said.

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ACT Government announces planning changes to support the development of granny flats

ACT Environment and Sustainable Development Minister Simon Corbell last week announced that a recent change to the Territory Plan has increased the allowable floor area of secondary residences – also known as granny flats – from 75 square metres to 90 square metres.

In a statement, Mr Corbell said the increase addresses specific concerns raised by industry and the community following the commencement of variation 306 in July 2013. He added that the change was consistent with ACT's planning strategy, which seeks to build more dynamic and vibrant communities through urban intensification.

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