As the election campaign continues, it was great to join the wonderful team at Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary last Sunday to announce a Labor commitment to help establish a nature centre in Throsby, next to Mulligans Flat.

Labor will help the Woodlands and Wetlands Trust, which manages Mulligans Flat and Jerrabomberra Wetlands, fulfill its ambition to create a nationally significant, community-led conservation project here in Gungahlin.

The Chief Minister and I got close to baby bettong Berry at the announcement, which was a big treat.

 Meegan Fitzharris and Andrew Barr at Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary

There was a great debate about the future of cycling in Canberra at the Pedal Power election forum on Tuesday night.

At the forum, I announced a re-elected Labor Government will build a $4.7 million Belconnen bikeway – a 3-4 metre wide bike path linking up the University of Canberra, CIT Bruce, Radford College and Belconnen Town Centre.

This will be separated from the region’s major roads and will entice cyclists from Belconnen and Gungahlin to get out and about.

Belconnen bikeway

The importance of Yerrabi’s roads

A re-elected ACT Labor Government will duplicate Gundaroo Drive and William Slim Drive, giving a full dual carriageway link between Gungahlin and Belconnen.

It was great to announce on Friday, as Labor’s transport spokesperson, a $6 million road resealing blitz to ensure our roads are maintained and safe for all, as well as a significant upgrade for the roundabout at Gundaroo Drive/Anthony Rolfe Avenue/Mirrabei Drive.

Labor will also upgrade the intersection of Kuringa Drive and Owen Dixon Drive in Spence and start design work on the Nudurr Drive extension connecting Crace to Gungahlin Drive, among many other important Canberra roads.

Money for bottles and cans 

ACT Labor's container deposit scheme

When I was younger I spent a bit of time at cricket games with my Dad, one of the best parts was collecting bottles and cans for a refund (which bought me more than a few ice creams!).

What I didn’t realise then was the benefits of recycling and disposing of containers so they weren’t littered around the city. The good news is Labor will set up a container deposit scheme.

This is also great news for charities, sporting and school groups who can use the scheme for fundraising.

We will set up drop off points at existing recycling facilities as well as a network of 20 reverse vending machines at Canberra’s parks, shops and open spaces that will take people’s bottles, sort them, compact them and return a receipt for a 10c refund per bottle.

The scheme will start in 2018, a few months after a similar scheme will start in NSW.

Green bins and kerbside pickup for all Canberrans

Every Canberran who wants a green bin for their household’s garden waste will be able to access one in the next term of government, if Labor is re-elected.

And Labor will also deliver a kerbside pickup service in every suburb every year. This is a great way to recycle and reuse unwanted goods, as well as dispose of those big items some of us have trouble taking to the tip.

Tara Cheyne and Meegan Fitzharris with a green bin.

There’s still time to get involved in my campaign

There’s a lot of campaigning to be done in the next 2 weeks as election day on 15 October gets closer.

Keep up to date with what I’m up to on Facebook but if you have time to join me at my shopping centre stalls or do any letterboxing, please contact Charlotte Barclay on 0432 266 754.

Meegan Fitzjarris's doorknocking team