For Belconnen
ACT Budget 2016–17

Belconnen up close

  • 11,051 school students taught by 833 teachers
  • 16,200+ Walk-in Centre attendances
  • 146 playgrounds maintained
  • 9,500+ha of grass mowed
  • 48 firefighters protecting the community
  • 21 sportsgrounds maintained

Health & Community Safety

This Budget invests in expanding health services and emergency service facilities.

  • $100.5 million to upgrade and maintain facilities at Calvary Hospital, the Canberra Hospital and other health buildings
  • An additional specialist physician in the Emergency Department at Calvary Hospital
  • Funding to progress the University of Canberra Public Hospital which is due to open in 2018
  • The Aranda Ambulance and Fire & Rescue station will benefit from extra funding for the ACT Ambulance Service
  • Expanding the existing SouthCare hangar for a new, larger rescue helicopter
  • New police protective equipment and more security at police stations

Tax Reform

This Budget funds tax reforms including:

  • Tax cuts for small and medium businesses—the payroll tax threshold is being raised to $2 million
  • Stamp Duty continues to be cut—$7,040 less for a $500,000 home in Belconnen
  • Taxes on insurance abolished in this Budget

Schools, Parks & Shops

Funding is provided for upgrades to schools, playgrounds and shopping centres in Belconnen.

  • Expansion of preschool facilities in Weetangera and Hawker
  • Contemporary teaching spaces at Maribyrnong Primary School
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) scholarships for teachers across Canberra
  • $1.7 million in upgrades to CIT Bruce
  • Belconnen will share in additional funding for dedicated playground upgrades across the ACT including Boswell St playground in Florey and Jacobs St Playground in Evatt
  • Upgrades to the Charnwood and Spence shops

More Roads & Transport for Belconnen

Funding for roads and transport infrastructure includes:

  • Duplicating Aikman Drive ahead of the opening of the University of Canberra Public Hospital
  • $10.9 million for new buses and to trial electric buses

Investing in Health, Education & Safer Families

The ACT invests more per person in health and education than any other jurisdiction.


  • $139 million for 170 new health staff including 22 doctors, 91 more nurses and 34 more allied health professionals
  • $29 million to expand the Canberra Hospital Emergency Department
  • $9.96 million for an expanded trauma service and intensive care
  • $55.9 million for mental health
  • $6.32 million for outpatient and palliative care


  • $31.2 million for school upgrades
  • $10 million to take our school system digital

Safer families

  • Additional funding for the Domestic Violence Crisis Service & Canberra Rape Crisis Centre
  • More resources for police, courts & legal aid


  • $35.1 million in additional concessions for low income households

A balanced budget returning to surplus


Where your money goes

A Graph indicating that the ACT Budget will return to surplus in the next four years.

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