ENVIRONMENT and Sustainable Development Minister Simon Corbell last week shared the ACT Government's vision for active and healthy living in Canberra, outlining the ACT Government's transport, planning and environmental initiatives to realise these goals
During his keynote address at the Heart Foundation's Active Living Forum, Mr Corbell said the government was committed to supporting Canberrans to lead fitter, healthier lives by ensuring the strategic planning, transport policies and projects are in place to create the right environments.
"The ACT Labor Government has spent $80 million on active travel initiatives since 2001 to support a healthier lifestyle for Canberrans by creating a city which fosters the integration of active travel options into everyday life," he said.
"As such, Canberra has become one of the most active cities in Australia. We had the highest number of people cycling to work in 2006, and we have consistently high levels of bicycle ownership and participation. There are also a growing number of people walking to work and to their local shops and centres."
Mr Corbell outlined a number of initiatives that have been developed by the government to build upon these results and plan for the city's future, including:
The Transport for Canberra strategy, released earlier this year, which aims to encourage people to choose more sustainable forms of transport and achieve carbon neutrality by the year 2060;
The ACT draft planning strategy, currently being finalised, which outlines strategies for Canberra's development over the next 30 years and seeks to achieve compact and sustainably efficient city;
The City to Gungahlin Transit Corridor study, which looks at options to reduce congestion along one of the busiest transport corridors in Canberra;
The Civic Cycle Loop, which begins construction midyear and aims to provide Canberrans with an easier, safer and more efficient cycling route into the city; and
The transformation of Bunda Street into a "shared space" that aims to make the precinct safer and more functional for vehicle, bike and foot traffic.
"Community life is of the utmost importance and through our investment into planning, transport and climate change initiatives now; we can ensure Canberra remains a city that is active, healthy, and a great place to live," Mr Corbell concluded.