ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr last week announced a new Ministry that will lead the Territory in 2016, which he said will reflect the government's key priorities of health, education, transport and municipal services.
"The ACT Government is committed to supporting jobs and growth in the Territory and my team will continue to implement our progressive vision for Canberra," Mr Barr said.
"The delivery of health services always has been and always will be a priority of the Government. As our city ages, there is an increasing demand on vital health services and that is why I have appointed Meegan Fitzharris to support the Deputy Chief Minister Simon Corbell in the Health portfolio.
"Minister Fitzharris, as Assistant Health Minister, will focus on community health services, public health protection policy and continue the important focus on healthy living.
"As our city grows the demand for better connectivity between our town centres and suburbs is increasingly important. The Government has already announced the creation of a single agency in Transport Canberra which will coordinate transport modes across the city from walking and cycling through to buses and light rail.
"The Deputy Chief Minister will continue to be the Minister for Capital Metro until 30 June 2016 when Transport Canberra is established. This will enable him to finalise the procurement of the Capital Metro project. Minister Fitzharris will take responsibility for Transport and Municipal Services and will oversee the introduction of Transport Canberra," Mr Barr said.
Shane Rattenbury has been appointed the new Minister for Education and Minister Fitzharris will be the Minister for Higher Education, Training and Research. Minister Rattenbury will also continue his work in Corrections, Justice and will undertake the new portfolios of Consumer Affairs and Road Safety.
"The ACT Government has an incredible track record in addressing climate change. We are the first jurisdiction to commit to 100% renewable energy by 2025. The Deputy Chief Minister will continue his outstanding efforts as Minister for the Environment and Climate Change. The Deputy Chief Minister will also continue his work as the Attorney-General, overseeing the construction of the new Courts precinct in the ACT and will be the Minister for Police and Emergency Services.
"Mick Gentleman will continue his efforts as Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations. As the ACT Government's response to the Mr Fluffy legacy moves to its next phase, Minister Gentleman will oversee the demolition and remediation of over 1000 affected Mr Fluffy homes.
"This responsibility also compliments his roles as Minister for Planning and Land Management. Minister Gentleman will take on the Racing and Gaming portfolio and is the new Manager of Government Business.
"Minister Gentleman will also lead the work to create a single ACT conservation agency that will work toward better integration of biodiversity management. This is an item of the Parliamentary Agreement for the 8th Legislative Assembly. The arrangements for the new agency will be put in place over the next few months.
"Yvette Berry has proven herself to be a leader in the Community Services portfolio and will be the senior Minister in this important area of government service delivery. Minister Berry will be responsible portfolio for the expanded portfolio of Housing, Community Services and Social Inclusion. She will continue her work in the important portfolios of Multicultural and Youth Affairs, and as Minister for Women. She also picks up the portfolio of Sports and Recreation.
"Dr Chris Bourke has shown a passion for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs during his time in the Assembly and I am sure he will continue his passionate advocacy as the Minister responsible for this portfolio. Minister Bourke will also be the Minister responsible for Children and Young People, Disability, Small Business and the Arts and Veterans and Seniors.
"I will continue my work in Treasury, Urban Renewal and Economic Development portfolios. Jobs, tax reform and economic diversification will be a major focus for me in 2016. Urban renewal, including the redevelopment of Northbourne Avenue and revitalising our CBD and town centres, remains a significant priority.
"I will also continue as the Minister for Economic Development and Minister for Tourism and Events, ensuring the ACT reaps the full benefits of international flights operating out of Canberra later this year," Mr Barr said.