Public transport in the ACT started 90 years ago with the first bus service. On the 90th anniversary, it was a pleasure to meet some of our former bus drivers at the Retired ACT Transport Employees Club and enjoy a slice of cake to mark the event.
It was also a great opportunity to speak about the next 90 years of transport in Canberra!
Light rail construction starts
Light rail is happening and it’s happening in Yerrabi. Last month, I joined the Chief Minister Andrew Barr to announce the start of construction on the light rail depot facility in Mitchell. Other construction activities are happening along the route, starting with the relocation of utilities, before the bulk of the work starts by the end of the year.
We’ve also announced the four possible routes that stage 2 of light rail will go along. A decision on which of the routes – City to the Airport, Parliamentary Triangle, Belconnen or Woden – will form the next part of the network will be made before the election.
The heart of our suburbs
Canberra’s suburban local shopping centres are a key part of what makes this city the best in the world to live in. Whether it’s the personal service or the convenience, local and group centres are an important part of our community. The ACT Government is upgrading a host of shopping centres across Canberra and I was very pleased to open redeveloped Cook shops, which look fantastic after improvements to footpaths, car parks and lighting.
In Yerrabi, our newest suburbs will have shops at the heart of them and I’m a big fan of our newest destination, Casey Market Town, which opened earlier this year. I’ll be holding mobile offices there in the lead up to the election.
Walk-in health centre for Gungahlin
Walk-in health centres in Tuggeranong and Belconnen have been incredibly popular since they opened a couple of years ago.
So I was very happy to announce that a re-elected Labor Government will open a walk-in health centre in Gungahlin, as well as one in Weston Creek. Access to easy, efficient and affordable health care is important for all Canberrans and this proposal is great for everyone in Gungahlin.
Kerbside pick-up and Givit
I recently met Juliette Wright, founder and CEO of Givit, a fantastic organisation connecting people who have goods to donate with people in need. Givit is a free online portal that assists charities to alleviate poverty and hardship and everyday Australians can see exactly what sorts of goods vulnerable members of their local community need.
And I’m proud that a re-elected Labor Government will provide funding to enable Givit to set up a regional presence here in Canberra. Plus we will also fund a kerbside pick-up service across Canberra – another way of helping households!
The ACT election is on October 15 and I’ve enjoyed speaking to Canberrans about what they want to happen to our city over the next four years. My mobile offices are going to be across the new electorate of Yerrabi over the next two months so come along and say hi.
If you’d like to help me and host a sign in your front yard in the lead-up to the election, let me know.
Check out upcoming mobile stalls on the homepage.
Enjoy a tasty Baked Jacket Potato, one for all the family. Check out the recipe on the Good Habits for Life website!