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Making Canberra a sustainable city

Posted On June 14, 2012

Hon Simon Corbell, MLA
Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development

The ACT Labor Government is investing to make Canberra a sustainable city into the future through a range of important environmental initiatives, the Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, said today.

The centrepiece of the environment and sustainability budget includes $5 million towards Carbon Neutral operations, which would help to meet government carbon emissions targets for the ACT, including 40 per cent reductions on 1990 levels by 2020, and carbon neutrality by 2060.

This $5 million allocation will allow the ACT Government to make the necessary changes within government directorates to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.

Today is World Environment Day, and it is appropriate for the ACT Government to lead by example in the community to reduce its carbon footprint, and work with the community to educate on how small changes can make a big difference.

The fund can be used for energy and resource efficiency projects such as LED lighting replacements, changes to heating and cooling systems, or the installation of lighting and energy control systems.

The ACT Government recently passed new energy efficiency laws that will help more than 70,000 Canberrans save up to $300 on their annual energy bills by 2015 by simply upgrading things like old appliances and draught-sealing around their homes.

The Carbon Neutral Government fund will be available to ACT Government agencies that undertake larger scale energy and resource efficiency projects to reduce the impacts of the carbon tax on operating costs.

Other key investments in the Budget for the environment include:

  • $485,000 for the Active Living Program that will boost healthy living practices and provide advice on masterplans, urban renewal projects and bus interchange designs;
  • $101,000 for the Corroboree Frog breeding program to see the ongoing viability of the species in the ACT;
  • $243,000 to build on ecological research into Kangaroo management in the ACT; and
  • $20,000 to see the Planning Institute of Australia hold their annual conference in the national capital to celebrate the centenary of Canberra.

The ACT Government has a strong and proud track record in delivering policies and projects for the Canberra community that protect our 'bush capital' status, but also to plan a city that is sustainable for generations to come.

Active living and sustainable planning go hand-in-hand, and this budget allocation has a spread of important measures to see Canberra continue to evolve as a sustainable city and meet carbon emissions reductions targets in the short, medium and long term.



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