What have we achieved in the first 100 days of Government?
February 09, 2017
The ACT Labor Government I’m proud to be part of has been working hard to deliver a range of commitments in our first 100 days. An integrated public transport system is a key priority and work has already started on light rail stage two, while construction on stage one continues. Seniors and concession card holders can now travel on our buses for free during off-peak periods. Some of the most common things I talked about during our campaign were our commitments to health. We’ve established Canberra’s first NeuroMoves program to assist those with spinal injuries and opened expressions of interest for the Medicinal Cannabis Program’s Expert Advisory Committee ahead of establishing a scheme later this year.
There have been a lot of questions about what the cross-border Ginninderry community will mean for those who live on the NSW side in terms of access to services. We’ve started conversations with the NSW Government about moving the ACT border.
Here’s a longer list of some of the things we’ve been doing:
- Funded significant work on light rail stage two from Civic to Woden;
- Launched the new ACT Office for Disability;
- Funded free off-peak bus travel for seniors and concession card holders;
- Created the Office of LGBTIQ Affairs for the ACT;
- Funded the Floriade Fringe festival;
- Given Kambah and Weston Creek residents clear start dates for the arrival of their green waste bins;
- Funded the Safe Schools program;
- Committed to helping Canberrans to become organ donors more easily;
- Started the process to provide new technology devices for all ACT public high school students;
- Signed up to the international Under2MOU and set a zero net emissions target of 2050 at the latest;
- Continued funding for the Art Not Apart festival;
- Opened Expressions of Interest for the Medicinal Cannabis Program’s Expert Advisory Committee;
- Started work towards new nurse-led walk-in centres;
- Delivered an Australian-first public transport partnership between the Night Rider service and Uber;
- Funded consultations on a new ice sports facility in south Canberra;
- Started to create a new authority to manage urban renewal projects and a new green field land release agency;
- Begun discussions with NSW Government regarding moving the ACT/NSW border in West Belconnen;
- Designed improved Development Application signage;
- Invited eco-tourism partners to help make better use of Canberra’s natural assets;
- Established a committee to advise on establishment of an Integrity Commissioner;
- Employed a firefighter welfare officer;
- Started work to establish an Office of Mental Health;
- Secured funding for the Environmental Defenders’ Office ACT;
- Restructured and expanded the Disability Reference Group;
- Progressed major infrastructure upgrades at public schools and colleges;
- Announced formation of Multicultural Advisory Council, calling for applications this month;
- Established Canberra’s first NeuroMoves program;
- Started work on a new Carers Strategy;
- Consulted with a range of stakeholders on new approaches to affordable housing; and
- Delivered a summer swimming pool safety awareness campaign.
Last last year I published a piece “How Did We Get Here? (Part 1)” on exactly what went into getting elected. Stay tuned for “How Did We Get Here? (Part 2)” – a close look at what’s been involved in my first 100 days.