Canberrans take pride in the unique design of our city, its well-kept suburbs and natural environment. With this Budget, the ACT Government is investing in local services because we know these basics are important for keeping our city liveable and looking its best.
Better suburbs and town centres
We will invest more in municipal works across our suburbs, including graffiti prevention, removing unused assets, weeding and tree clearing under power lines.
At the same time as the City Renewal Authority delivers a better CBD, we are investing in local town centre upgrades, with $8 million for landscaping, infrastructure and traffic improvements to the Tuggeranong, Kambah and Gungahlin centres.
For the first time, the ACT will have a container deposit scheme to reduce litter and encourage more Canberrans to do their bit on recycling. We are also designing a kerbside bulky waste collection service for all Canberra households which aims to cut illegal dumping and stop furniture and whitegoods being left in front yards or verges. And we are continuing the roll out of green bins to more suburbs following the current pilot program in Weston Creek and Kambah. So far over 7,000 households have chosen to get a green bin, and we will continue to work towards rolling out these bins to all suburbs by 2020.
Better public transport
Canberrans have welcomed the launch of the free City Loop and airport bus routes, so we will continue these services into the future. We will also establish two new Rapid routes linking Woden to the city via Manuka and Barton, and Belconnen to Gungahlin. To encourage Canberrans to try out the new services, we will also provide two months’ free travel on these new routes in 2017.
This Budget continues the delivery of free off-peak bus travel for pensioners and concession card holders, allowing them to travel for free between 9am and 4:30pm, and after 6pm on weekdays, and all day Saturday, Sunday and on public holidays. We will also trial the delivery of a flexible bus service for the inner north, making it easier for Canberrans with a mobility impairment to get around.